Candidate Master Title a ‘step to a long journey’, says Joshua Katumba PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:28

Candidate Master Title a ‘step to a long journey’, says Joshua Katumba


by Marion Malinga


Chess Warriors’ Joshua Katumba described the feel of being the new Candidate Master [CM] in the country as ‘great’, but views the title as a ‘step to a long journey.’Katumba earned the CM title after he garnered the required 4.5 points at the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships that concluded on Sunday in Ethiopia.

“It was not an easy thing because everyone in the tournament was strong,” Katumba rated 1871 said of the event.

“But I was not scared because I had studied how every strong player plays.

“It was a very wonderful experience and being my first international tournament, my performance was good. It was something new to me. It feels great being a Candidate Master, but it’s the first step to a long journey,” he said.

Katumba’s achievement at his maiden appearance the Zonal Championships means Uganda now has three Candidate Masters, the other two being former national team coach Bob Bibasa and Daniel Bagaade, and with him included, the country now has twelve titled players who are active.

The players include the aforementioned three CMs, Arthur Ssegwanyi and Elijah Emojong [International Masters], Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga [Fide Masters] and in the ladies section, Ivy Clare Amoko, Grace Kigeni, Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda [Woman Fide Masters] and ‘Queen of Katwe’ Phionah Mutesi with Woman Candidate Master title.

UCF CALENDAR 2017 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:42

Uganda Chess federation National Events Calendar 2017










Annual General Meeting


22nd Jan 2017

22nd Jan 2017



Presiden: Mwaka Emmanuel

VP: Otim Isaac

Treasurer: Isaac Munanira

GS: Ategeka Henry

TD: Teba Jordan

DD: Namwangye  Olga

NC: Okoth Joachim

Publicity: Muwanguzi David



Zone 4.2 qualifiers


11th Feb 2017

19th Feb 2017


To get two(2) representatives

Patrick Kawuma and Ivy Amoko

Hosted by MUBS


Easter open chess tournament


To be communicated

14th April, 2017

17th April,  2017





National Schools Chess Championship

Mt of Olives College Kakiri

Friday, 5th May 2017

11th May 2017


Select representatives at African Schools Individual Chess Championships in Namibia august 2017, World Cadet U-8, 10, 12 chess championship, in brazil 21st August 2017, World youth U-14,16, 18 chess championship 2017 uruguay September, 2017

City tyres


Cadet/Youth open chess tournament


End of first term holiday



Select representatives at African Youth Chess Championships 1st dec 2017 Egypt, World Cadet U-8, 10, 12 chess championship, in brazil 21st August 2017, World youth U-14,16, 18 chess championship 2017, Uruguay World youth U-16 chess Olympiad 10th December  India

City tyres


National League


Sun. 11th& 25th June, Sun 2nd, 16th& 30th July, Sun 13th Aug. Sun 10th& 24th Sept. Sun 22nd Oct. 2017

Sun. 11th& 25th June, Sun 2nd, 16th& 30th July, Sun 13th Aug. Sun 10th& 24th Sept. Sun 22nd Oct. 2017


Select representatives   African Club Chess Championships 2018.



Bastille day


10th July 2017

10th july 2017


Blitz championship

Bastille day

French embassy


African Club Chess Championships 2017


20th July 2017

30thJuly 2017


Kireka chess club champions of 2016 league will represent Uganda.



Women’s classic





To promote Women’s chess



National Championship


To be communicated


27th, 28th May & 3rd and 4th June 2017


Winners represent Uganda in African Team Chess Championships in Tunisia 2017 and African Women’s Chess Challenge 2017 in Botswana.

Select national champions men and women




Primary Schools open chess Tournament

To be communicated



UCF/ Decoda

Promote Primary School competition



National Juniors


To be communicated

Second term holiday probably



Select representatives at African Junior Chess

Championships  in lome , Togo  Dec 2017 , World Junior and girls U-20 chess championship 2017, Italy October 2017

City tyres


City carnival open Rapid chess championship


To be communicated






Rwabushenyi Memorial open Chess  tournament



To be communicated



Improve players ratings.

Civil aviation Authority


Independence day open chess rapid








Kireka  Open chess championship


Thurs. 16th, 17th, 18th& 19th Nov. 2017


|UCF/ Kireka chess club

Improve players ratings

Kireka chess Club


Kawuma open



To be communicated

November December


Improve players ratings

Prof. Medi Kawuma and family


Interuniversity games


15th December 2017

21st December 2017





NB: The open tournaments can be won by players from foreign countries however the top competing Ugandan players qualify for the intended event.


International Events 2017






Zone 4.2 Zonal Individual Championship

Jimma, Ethiopia

25th March- 3rd April 2017

Zonal Representatives


Zone 4.2 Youth U 16 Team Chess Championship

Pride Hotel, Mombasa Kenya

Sun 15th April – 23rd April, 2017

African Chess Confederation, Kenya Chess and Mombasa Chess Club.


African Individual Chess Championships 2017

Agadir, Morocco

3 – 15 May 2017


Morocco Chess Federation & ACC


African Amateur Individual Chess Championships

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

7 – 15 Oct. 2017


Tanzania Chess Federation & ACC


World Cup 2017

Tbilisi, Georgia

2S-28 Sept.2017

Georgia Chess Federation



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.

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