World Chess Olympiad:

1st – 15th August 2014

Tromso, Norway

Uganda’s Woman Candidate chess Master (WCM), Ivy Amoko toppled all the ladies at the national chess Olympiad qualifiers held at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubuga over the weekend.

The feat guarantees Amoko and the following best 4 female chess players at the qualifiers slots to the World Chess Olympiad that will be held in the Norwegian city of Tromso later in August.

“I will keep training to keep in shape before the games start in August”, Amoko, also a law clerk with Mukuve law firm, told Kawowo Sports in a telephone interview.

WCM Amoko, who is rated 1753 by the international chess body (FIDE) in the entire world, ended with 11 points out of 13 to emerge National Ladies Champion 2014.

Amoko, who also won the 2014 Rwabushenyi women chess players’ gong was followed by defending champion Grace Kigeni with 10 points, Christine Namaganda with 9.5 points, Goretti Angolikin and another WCM, Phiona Mutesi with 9 points each.

The top five players qualified for the National team the only new entrant being Namaganda who recently acquired an international rating.

Meanwhile the men’s team will be decided on 4 May 2014 after their final phase of the Qualifiers in which the top 12 will slug it out for 4 slots to join IM Elijah Emojong.

2014 Rwabushenyi memorial chess winner Arthur Ssegwanyi, Harold Wanyama, Patrick Kawuma, Raphael Buti, Farouk Fauza, Richard Tugume are all still in the running for the available 4 slots.

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

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