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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:03

Chess players advised to maintain connection outside chess

Hillary Kimbugwe, Assistant Sports tutor at Makerere University Business School urged chess players to uphold their connection away from the chess board.

While addressing players on Sunday at the Zone 4.2 Qualifiers closing ceremony, Kimbugwe said: “It’s a pleasure seeing such a number turn up for the event. I want to thank you players for honoring this event and making sure it turns out a success.

“We consider this a small family; the friendship and connection should not stop here. As you carry out your other businesses, network with your fellow chess players. Continuity is what we should all be looking at.

“Help each other and maintain discipline.”

Kimbugwe, appearing as the chief guest at the ceremony held at the University further encouraged players to dedicate their time and energy into the game if they are to make their names household names.

“Do not leave chess. Work hard and ensure you participate in all these events and make sure you’re among the top performers. Target those top positions. This is how you will get the media attention. This is how you will make your name a brand.”

This article was published in Kawowo Sports publication. Read here

 
Arthur Ssegwanyi hails Uganda Chess Federation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 05:47

The new Uganda Chess Federation [UCF] received applause from one of the best in the game, Arthur Ssegwanyi for organizing what he called a ‘successful’ event.

The Executive, elected into office last month saw out the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championship Qualifiers on Sunday with a few shortcomings, leaving the International Master overwhelmed.

Speaking at the closing ceremony on Sunday at Makerere University Business School [MUBS], Ssegwanyi said: “I’m impressed. Patrick [Kawuma] and I were skeptical about the qualifiers happening. They [Executive] had just come in office; we thought to ourselves ‘how are they going to pull this off?’ Thankfully, they managed to make it a success. I want to thank them.  I think they have done a good job and for me, it was a successful event.”

To those who qualified for the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships, Ssegwanyi, winner of the annual tournament in 2015 assured them he is available to those who need help from him.

“I’m always available. If any one of you needs help from me, do not hesitate to come. I have been there so I know what it takes to compete at the zonal.”

Fide Masters Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga, Thomas Katairo, Joshua Katumba and Allan Mathias Ssonko [Open category] in the ascending order finished in the top five positions to qualify while Ivy Clare Amoko, Penninah Esther Nannozi, Kevin Bennitah Naddya, Shakira Ampaire and Safinah Mugide qualified in the Ladies category.

The tournament is slated to take place next month in Ethiopia.

This article was also published in Kawowo Sports publication. Read 

 
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 

 
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