Elijah Emojong, Haruna Nsubuga and Harold Wanyama maintained their lead after beating Daniel Bagaadde, Grace Nsubuga and Shadrack Kantinti respectively in the fourth round of the National Chess Championships at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel on April 14. 

The results put the trio on 3.5 points each out of a possible 4. They are closely followed by Patrick Kawuma and Raphael Buti at 3 points apiece. Kawuma beat Jordan Teeba while Buti drew with Aaron Kanaabi in the fourth round. Buti is among the few unrated players at the event but has so far excelled by winning two games and drawing two. 

In another game, Washaba Fred Kanduho drew with Rajab Kamoga. 

In the ladies category, defending champion Grace Kigeni is cruising at the top with 4 wins in four games. She beat Cathy Kenyange in the fourth round. She had earlier beaten fellow Olympian Goretti Angolikin, Sharon Twongyeire and Joyce Kabengano. 

In second position is Christine Namaganda with 3.5 points after she beat Joyce Kabengano in the fourth round. Olympian Ivy Amoko was upset by fast rising Sharon Twongyeire in the fourth round. 

8 more rounds are to be played on 20-21 and 27-28 April 2013. 

Mens Standings after 4 rounds: 

1. Elijah Emojong            3.5 points

2. Haruna Nsubuga          3.5 points

3. Harold Wanyama         3.5 points

4. Patrick Kawuma          3 points

5. Raphael Buti               3 points

6. Shadrack Kantinti        2 points

7. Rajab Kamoga            1.5 points

8. Daniel Baagadde         1.5 points

9. Grace Nsubuga            1 point

10. Aaron Kanaabi            1 point

11. Jordan Teeba               0.5 

12. Washaba Fred Kanduho 0.5 

Top four ladies: 

1. Grace Kigeni                4 points

2. Christine Namaganda    3.5 points

3. Sharon Twongyeire        2.5 points

4. Ivy Amoko                    2.5 points

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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