The name Ivy Amoko rings a bell for many a Chess following family world over. At first sight, the humble looking face tells which personality you will face in the next one minute to come.

Although Amoko started playing chess at during her first year education while at Makerere University, you may be provoked to think, she has played the game since childhood.

“I started to play chess after quitting volleyball in my first at Makerere University while playing for my Africa hall of residence in the Inter-Halls’ competitions”, the law graduate says of her sport.

Today,now the 1753 world’s rated chess player Amoko, who works with Mukuve law firm boasts of several accolades including the 2014 Rwabushenyi memorial chess ladies’ title she captured from Phiona Mutesi after winning all her tournament 8 games unbeaten.

 “If it wasn’t Martin Ssali, my former Captain at the University who encouraged me to train daily, I would not be the chess player I am today”, she speaks with a smile after pocketing th e 600,000 prize money for finishing as the best lady player, her maiden Rwabushenyi chess tourney.

Amoko Unplugged:

Full Names: Ivy Claire Amoko

Date of Birth: 3rd May 1987

Parents: Idule Amoko and Justice Stella Arach Amoko

Education: Shimoni Demostration School, St Joseph’s Nsambya (O-level), Nabisunsa Girls (A-level), Makerere University (Bachelor of Laws)

Occupation: Law Clerk with Mukuve Law Firm, Kampala

Chess Debut: 2007

Honours: Winner 2014 Rwabushenyi Memorial (ladies rated), Participated in 2010 Olympiad in Russia, World University Games, China in 2011, Double Gold Winner at 2008 East African University Games (with Makerere University at Namboole), 2009 Gold Winner in Inter-University Games with Makerere (In Nkumba University), 2007 Silver (UCU Games), Silver (2011 Ndejje Games), 2010 Silver in the East African Games in Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

Best Dish: Posho and Beans

Best Drink: Passion Fruit Juice

On Face Book: Yes [Ivy Amoko]

On Twitter: No

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

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