patrick kawuma

Harold Wanyama settled for a hard fought draw with Haruna Nsubuga to get to 8 points and confirm his place on the national team as he was joined by Bob Bibasa who beat Farouk Fauza to get to 7.5 points.

The biggest game of the day was between early pace setter, Fide Master Elijah Emojong and Olympian Patrick Kawuma which was the last to end after a long battle in a Rook Bishop and one pawn ending against one Rook and two passed pawns for Kawuma.

It eventually ended in a draw to earn Kawuma a belated spot on the team.

The biggest casualties were national junior champion, Haruna Nsubuga who finished with seven points, Rajab Kamoga who enjoyed an early joint lead with Emojong after five rounds but could only finish with seven points (out of the qualifying bracket) and ex Olympian Shadrack Kantinti who finished with six points.

In the ladies category, Phiona Mutesi won the event and qualified for the team alongside, Goretti Angolikin, Ivy Amoko and Rita Nsubuga with whom they all finished with nine points.

In today’s last round, Mutesi beat Joan Nakimuli, Nsubuga beat Cathy Kenyangye, Amoko beat Vanessa Nakayima as Angolikin overcame Deborah Wanja.

The fifth lady on Uganda’s Olympiad team is already qualified National Ladies Champion, Grace Kigeni.

Christine Namaganda was the most unfortunate amongst the ladies as she finished with 8.5 points (in fifth position), narrowly missing out on a slot on the team.

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