Nile Breweries donates Mineral Water for AICC

Nile Breweries has donated 85 Cartons of Rwenzori Mineral Water to Uganda Chess Federation for use by participants during the Africa Individual Chess Championship that runs from 17th to 27th July 2016.

The mineral water cartons have been handed over to UCF officials by Nile Breweries' company representative this afternoon at Tick Hotel, the venue for the championship.

About 60 players have converged at Tick Hotel from over ten chess playing countries including Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Angola, Somalia, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Eritrea and Uganda.

Smile Communications boosts AICC with Internet coverage

Smile Communications
will provide adequate WIFI internet coverage at the venue of the Africa Individual Chess Championship, Tick Hotel from 16th to 27th July 2016.

Players, officials and fans will all benefit from the free internet coverage for the duration of the event courtesy of Smile Communications. This will greatly boost input of played games, communication, preparation and research by the players.

5 players from Angola and 8 from Egypt including GM Adley Ahmed, GM Essam Elgendy and WGM Wafa Shrook had by Friday checked in and were warming up at Tick Hotel. Another Angolan and two South Africans were scheduled to arrive tonight while the majority were scheduled to come in on Saturday 16 July 2016 ahead of the commencement of games on Sunday 17 July 2016

Continental Chess Returns to Kampala

Following the successfull hosting of the 2015 Africa Zone 4.2 chess championship in Kampala, Uganda Chess Federation was granted the right to host the 2016 Africa Individual Chess Championship. The event will run from 16th July 2016 up to 27th July 2016 at Tick Hotel, along Bombo Road in Kampala. The event will comprise two categories, the Open and Ladies category and will have a standard, rapid and blitz rate of play in each. A mouth watering array of prizes (cash and trophies) awaits the victors who will be the new Africa Chess Champion - Open and Ladies respectively. The annual event attracts the best players of the continent. Given that the host federation provides fullboard accomodation for two official players per federation (one for open and one for ladies category), the event is always graced by the best individuals from the participating countries. Confirmations received todate include all the leading chess playing countries in Africa. Three Egyptian Grandmasters  lead the pack followed by a strong field of players from Algeria, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria. Others include the hosts Uganda, Ghana, Somalia and others.

The highest ranked players registered todate are GM Adly Ahmed from Egypt (2607), GM Shoker Samy (2489) GM Essam El Gindy (2431)  and GM Haddouche Mohamed (2494) who will have to be contained by our lower rated local players like IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Wanyama Harold, FM Kawuma Patrick and Okas Walter.

The ladies pack is also likely to be dominated by Egyptian WGM Mona Kaled who seems to have no equals on the continent. Having won the 2016 Zone 4.2 individual championship undesputed in Dar-es-salaam Tanzania, she intends to extend her dominance on the continent.  The local ladies will be led by WFMs Grace Kigeni and Angolikin Goretti who will have to draw on their growing experience to over come much more experienced South Africans and Egyptians.

Alongside the individual championships a FIDE Arbiter's seminar shall be held from 18th September 2016 to 23rd September 2016. The event will enable participants to gain much needed technical capacity as far as arbitration of chess is concerned. It will also offer an opportunity for participants to earn FIDE arbiter norms and or titles directly if the pass the written exam.

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