Uganda Chess Federation has received a sponsorship package of worth 8.5 million shillings from Civil Aviation Authority for the third edition of the Rwabushenyi chess memorial tournament due this Saturday at Hotel Africana.
This is the third time that CAA is sponsoring the FIDE regional chess championship in memory of the authority’s former director airports, late Cyril Rwabushenyi who was a founder member of UCF and also a former chairman of the local chess ruling body.
“The sponsorship is in line with CAA’s corporate social responsibility objective of giving back to society in support of noble social and economic development activities,” Ignie Igunduura, the CAA’s manager public affairs said in a statement.
The tournament its self has attracted seven Kenyan players and four Tanzanians to showcase their skills in this ever growing board game. It’s the biggest sponsorship package that chess has received for a tournament of this magnitude.
Rwabushenyi Memorial defending champion, FM Elijah Emojong will be given a run for his money by Kenya’s Ben Magana, Mathew Kanegeni and Philip Singe among others. The other Kenyan players that have confirmed participation in the event include Chahindi Mbiu, Philip Ouma and Chazima Terrel.
Warren Pollock, a Canadian based in Kenya will also participate in the event that is expected to attract over 100 chess players from the East African region.
The Ugandan challenge for the much coveted Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess crown will be led by National Chess Champion, Arthur Ssegwanyi, who is fresh from winning the 2011 national chess championship.
Haruna Nsubuga, Bob Bibasa and 2009 winner, Harold Wanyama are also expected to put up great shows.
The event will give chess players in Uganda and from the rest of East Africa, a chance to improve on their international ratings, while the unrated wil have a chance of getting international ratings if they perform well.
Competition in the ladies’ category will be mainly between national champion, Grace Kigeni, Christine Namaganda, Gorretti Angolikin, Ivy Amoko and Phiona Mutesi.