Arthur Ssegwanyi (rated 2251) beat Elijah Emojong (IM) rated 2339 to claim the 2014 FIDE rated Rwabushenyi Chess Memorial Tournament after overcoming a tough decisive game eight of the four day event held at Katonga Hall in Hotel Africana.
Ssegwanyi scored 7 points, same as the newly elected Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Chess male player of the year for 2013, Emojong (finished with 7 wins) after a tie break with Arthur Ssegwanyi, who won 6 and drew 2.
Ssegwanyi beat Emojong in round five, one game that put ahead basing on the head to head rule. Ssegwanyi had won that grueling fixture that indeed determined the winner after a tie break that initially confused many including the arbiters on who the exact winner of the tourney was.
“I am glad for this win”, a rather composed Ssegwanyi spoke to Kawowo Sports after the prize giving. Last year’s winner, Harold Wanyama finished third to take home Ug.shs 300,000.
In the ladies’ category, Ivy Amoko, rated 1735 in the world won her Rwabishenyi maiden title following an impressive performance that saw the law graduate from Makerere University winning all her 8 games.
Amoko returned 8 points after 8 rounds to win the Ug.shs. 600,000 top cash prize for the women. Christine Namaganda was runners up to clinch 300,000 cash prize.
Richard Tugume, with 7.5 points out of 8, having drawn with Hassan Mulambe won the unrated category with Malcom Etolu taking the runners’ up and Ug.shs 200,000 cash prize.
In the Under age catergory, Gloria Nansubuga won the U-14 to take home Ug.shs 50,000 while Henry Kimbowa took the boy’s version. Kenyan player Brian Kidula won the Blitz catergory, a special chess championship played after the official prize giving but based on a limited time lag (6 minutes per game).
The Rwabusenyi Memorial is the biggest Chess tournament in Uganda that has attracted 200 participants from across the entire East African region and one player from Germany. It is sponsored by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and this year’s tourney was funded up to a tune of Ug.shs 11.2 million.
The Olympiad qualifiers tourney at Pope Paul memorial will be the next local tournament on the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) calendar 18th to 19th January for the unrated players.