Tuesday, 13 January 2015 00:00


Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sponsored the Uganda Chess Federation organized Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship to the tune of eleven million three hundred thousand shillings (11,300,000/=) for the 5th time running. The highly competitive Championship is to be held from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th January 2015 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga.

CAA is supporting the biggest local event on the Uganda Chess Federation calendar in memory of the Authority’s former Director Airports, the late Cyril Rwabushenyi who was also a long serving Chairman and one of the founder members of the Uganda Chess Federation. "The sponsorship is in line with CAA’s corporate social responsibility objective of giving back to the community in support of noble social and economic development activities. Chess being a challenging brain game is one of those activities that contribute towards positive development of the mental faculties of young people," said CAA’s Manager Public Affairs, Ignie Igunduura after handing over a dummy cheque of 11.3 million shillings to the Federation in Entebbe. He further hailed the late for having done a lot for the development of chess and aviation in Uganda.

On his part, UCF’s General Secretary, Christopher Turyahabwe expressed gratitude for the support from CAA and said "it is the biggest sponsorship for a Chess tournament in the history of the Federation and we shall put the money to good use by presenting a quality event, in line with FIDE standards and conditions." "About 200 chess players including Kenyans and Somali’s are expected to participate in the event that is already registered with FIDE for international rating. This will help players to improve on their ratings and those without ratings to acquire international ratings."


Turyahabwe added. Cash prizes and trophies are to be given out to the winners in the various categories (Open, Ladies, Under 15 years and Under 10 years) and all the players will get branded Polo T-shirts.

Emojong wins Kawuma Open
Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

International Master Elijah Emojong has proved to the doubting 'Thomases' that he is still a major force to reckon with by winning the Kawuma Open Chess Championship in clear first position (unbeaten) with 6.5 points out of a possible 7.

in second position was FM Harold Wanyama with 6 points as CM Patrick Kawuma followed in third position with 6 points as well and so was Walter Okas who was only relegated to fourth position owing to an inferior tie break.
Okas was one of the outstanding players as he came from behind to win all the games he played after missing the first round.

Kenya's Moses Andiwoh finished in tenth position with 5 points as the other Kenyan at the event Givan Amunga finished in fourteenth position with 5 points as well.
To win the event, Emojong beat Lwebuga Ronald, Solomon Lubega, Ayebazibwe Emmanuel, Daniel Bagadde, Harold Wanyama, Bob Bibasa and drew with Arthur Ssegwanyi. He scooped the top prize of 1 million Uganda shillings and a trophy.
Ssegwanyi who was one of the early pace setter crumpled in the last round at the hands of his nemesis Wanyama and ended up in fifth position with 5.5 points.
The ladies category was won by Stella Babirye with 6.5 points out of 7. She was followed by WCM Phiona Mutesi with 6.5 points too and Olympian Grace Kigeni in third position with 5 points.
The ladies' winner Babirye is fresh from the Africa Junior Chess Championship in Saurimo, Angola from where she attained her first international rating. That international exposure and experience was timely for her and will certainly go a long way in shaping her future style of play.
The Under 15 Boys category was won by Wilson Serunjogi with a maximum 7 out of 7 points followed by Denis Mukule with 5.5 points and Sharif Senabulya with 5 points.
The Under 15 Girls was won by Lydia Nakato with 4 points followed by Angel Naluggya with 3 points. Joshua Ssemanda won the boys Under 10 years age category with 4 points.

A record total of 149 participants took part in the maiden event on Uganda Chess Federation's busy 2015 Calendar.

Haruna Nsubuga attains FM title
Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Uganda's Haruna Nsubuga was the biggest winner at the just concluded Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship after winning his last game on the final day to get to 4.5 points out of 9, a 50 percent score, the mandatory requirement for a FIDE Master title. No other player from all the participating six countries attained a title.

The event was won by Egyptian Grandmaster Amin Bassem with 8.5 points who qualified for the 2015 African Grand Prix and scooped 1000 Euros and a prestigious trophy.
To get to 4.5 points, Nsubuga beat Egypt's Hatem Eldesoky, Burundi's Wilfried Ntamatungiro, Tanzania's Mlawa Hemed and Rwanda's Ruteremara Thetime and drew with Egypt's Amin Ashiraf. He lost to IM Abdulrazik Khaled, IM Ezat Mohammed, GM Amin Bassem and Kenya's Moses Andiwoh. The loss to Kenya's less fancied Andiwoh in one of the early rounds perhaps acted as a timely wake up call for Nsubuga to up his game and finish on a high.
The event winner automatically attains an International Master title but since it was won by a Grandmaster that award became non applicable. As it was, Nsubuga who was the only non titled player to score 4.5 points or more became the only title beneficiary out of the 12 players who took part in the Open category.
Nsubuga now becomes Uganda's seventh FIDE Master in addition to FMs Harold Wanyama, Andrew Naimanye, Stephen Kisuze, Arthur Ssegwanyi, Moses Kawuma and Stephen Kawuma. The other titled Ugandan players include IM Elijah Emojong (the only IM in East Africa), CM Patrick Kawuma and CM Bob Bibasa. The titled ladies are WFM Ivy Amoko and WCM Phiona Mutesi.
Overall, Nsubuga finished in sixth position. Rwanda's Ruteremara finished ninth with 2 points, so did Kenya's Andiwoh in tenth and Tanzania's Mlawa in eleventh while Burundi's Ntamatungiro finished in twelvth position.
The ladies category was won by Egypt's WGM Wafa Shrook with 6.5 out of 7. In second position was Shahenda Wafa with 6 points and third was Mohames Enas. Uganda's Joyce Kabengano, who was making a debut at such an event was given a rude welcome to the big stage as she finished with one point.
Egypt's Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi and Zone 4.2 President, Vianney Luggya handed over the prizes and trophies to the winners at the closing ceremony held at Indiana Hotel in Cairo on Saturday 29 November 2014.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Zonal President hailed the Africa Chess Confederation (ACC) leadership for ensuring that this year's zonal had the biggest number of participants in recent years with a total of 6 countries (including Rwanda and Kenya which have for long not featured in the zonal) participating in the event. The ACC, upon request from the zonal President, catered for air ticket costs for players from Rwanda and Kenya.
Luggya expressed optimism that next year's Zone 4.2 Chess Championship which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in April 2015 will even attract more countries and players. As next year's hosts, Uganda will have an opportunity to field at least five players in the event.
The winner of the 2015 zonal will automatically qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
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