Kawuma, Amoko top Zone 4.2 Qualifiers PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:17


Fide Master Patrick Kawuma finished atop in the Open Category at the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championship Qualifiers that concluded on Sunday at Makerere University Business School.

Aside from his fellow FM Haruna Nsubuga who he drew against in the 4th round, Kawuma out-thought all his opponents to end the tournament unbeaten.

The No.4 seed in the region topped the section with 7.5 points.

Kawuma was closely followed by Nsubuga. The rated 2163 amassed 7 points to end the event as he started- second.

Despite losing to Nsubuga in the final round, Thomas Katairo snatched the 3rd position following his win over Michael Mawanda in the penultimate round. Katairo, like Joshua Katumba finished with 5.5 points, but came third on a tie-break

Katumba took the fourth position ahead of Allan Mathias Ssonko who drew all his last two games.

Ssonko on 5.5 points as well took the last spot in the Qualifiers.

In the Ladies’ section, Woman Fide Master [WFM] Ivy Clare Amoko accumulated 5.5 points. She won five and drew once to end the tourney with 5.5.

The top five players in each category include;

Open Category

1.       Patrick Kawuma

2.      Haruna Nsubuga

3.      Thomas Katairo

4.      Joshua Katumba

5.      Allan Mathias Ssonko

Ladies Category

1.       Ivy Clare Amoko

2.      Penninah Esther Nannozi

3.      Kevin Bennitah Naddya

4.      Shakira Ampaire

5.      Safinah Mugide


The above qualify for the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships due March in Ethiopia.

Uganda Chess Federation [UCF] will sponsor only the top player in each category meaning only Kawuma and Amoko will be catered for by the federation. Read

UCF also seeks potential sponsors to partner with and enable them field a full team in the in Ethiopia next month 25th March – 3rd April 2017. For more details on the tournament click here.

2017 Chess: Zone 4.2 qualifiers get underway

The tournament is aimed at selecting players to represent the country at the 2017 championships in Ethiopia

As the Uganda Chess Federation forges a team of ten to represent the country in the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships due March 25 in Ethiopia, Candidate Master (CM) Walter Okas, Fide Master (FM) Patrick Kawuma, Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Ivy Amoko and Mathias Sonko are some of the players who have confirmed participation in the qualifying tournament that commences today at Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

FM Haruna Nsubuga, WFMs Christine Namaganda and Goretti Angolikin will also be joining the new team for the tournament that will be conducted in two phases.

The Federation Secretary General, Henry Ategeka, told New Vision that the tournament is aimed at selecting players to represent the country at the 2017 championships in Ethiopia.

“The qualifiers are aimed at selecting players for both the open and ladies’ categories to participate in the Zone 4.2 championships” said Ategeka.

“The first phase of the qualifiers will be held at MUBS from 11-12 of February while the second phase will take place on the 18-19 of the same month” he added.

Apart from the host nation that can field to seven players, UCF like any other participating federations can only field five players in the open and women categories respectively.

The winner at the FIDE rated tournament will earn the International Master (IM) title in the open category as well as qualify to represent African at the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Georgia come September while the winner in the  Ladies’ category will earn the title of Woman International Master (WIM).

This article was also published in the Uganda publication (The New Vision) read here 


Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of Uganda Chess Federation will be held as follows:

DATE: Sunday 22nd January 2017

VENUE: National Council of Sports Premises Lugogo

TIME: 10:00am

Click here for the official invitation


Turyahabwe Christopher

General Secretary

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