Kawuma Closed Chess Championship:
23rd -24th November 2013
Hotel Africana
 
The name ‘Kawuma’ is synonymous with chess glory in Uganda. Several members of this family have played the game and are now Internationally recgonised chess icons across the globe. Right from the father, Prof Medi Kawuma of Makerere University, FIDE Masters -Moses and Stephen to the youngest, Patrick, Chess flows across the blood.
 
This weekend the family of Kawuma has organised the inaugural Kawuma Closed Chess Championship scheduled for Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013 at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
 
“The event that will feature six rounds of play based on the Swiss System is made possible courtesy of support from Prof. Medi Kawuma and Family to the tune of three million eighty thousand shillings (3,080,000/=)”, reads a statement from the Uganda Chess Federation.
 
Each player will have one and half hours to complete their game, making as total of 3 hours per game. Up for grabs for the winner in the Open category is one million shillings while the second will walk away with five hundred thousand shillings and third two hundred thousand shillings. In the ladies category, the winner will take four hundred thousand shillings, second two hundred thousand shillings and third one hundred thousand shillings plus trophies.
 
Prof. Medi Kawuma handed over the sponsorship package to Uganda Chess Federation officials in form of a dummy cheque presented at National Council of Sports headquarters in Lugogo.
 
The Kawuma family has produced some of the most successful Ugandan Chess players including UK based FIDE Masters Stephen and Moses Kawuma. Their younger brother Candidate Master Patrick Kawuma is part of the National team and is the second highest rated active Ugandan player with a rating of 2245.
 
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Uganda Chess Federation’s General Secretary, Christopher Turyahabwe expressed UCF’s gratitude to the Kawuma family for the support rendered in enabling the Federation to engage players actively in playing competitive Chess at a high level and in a conducive hotel environment.
 
On his part, Prof. Kawuma said the sponsorship was a way of giving back to the Chess community and encouraging other players to compete and be able to take the game to a higher level.
 
Some of the top guns expected in this championship are the Kawuma brothers themselves, Harold Wanyama, Caxton Kalule, Faruku Fauza, Ivy Amoko, Christine Namaganda, Gorretti Anglokini, among many others.

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

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