World Chess Olympiad:

In Tromso, Norway

August, 2014.

Candidate Master (CM), Patrick Kawuma was phenomenal to lead with 8.5 points out of 11 as he toppled the rest to claim first place in the Olympiad qualifiers.

Fide Master (FM), Harold Wanyama came second with 8 points while debut-ant  Mathias Ssonko tied with the 2014 Rwabushenyi memorial chess open winner, Arthur Ssegwanyi on 7.5 points to form Uganda’s National Chess team that will also have International Master (IM), Elijah Emojong.

The highly competitive qualifiers ended on Sunday 11 May 2014 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel.

Early pace setters, Raphael Buti and Haruna Nsubuga narrowly missed out on the much coveted places after splendid performances especially from Buti who went down fighting in the last two rounds that he only drew.

Ssonko (rated 2026) is the only player on the team that had not played at the Olympiad before.

The other players including Kawuma (2251), Emojong (2310), Wanyama (2217) and Ssegwanyi (2281) are fairly experienced.

Ladies:

Woman Candidate Master (WCM), Ivy Amoko, 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 will be joined by  Grace Kigeni, who finished with with 10 points at the qualifiers, Christine Namaganda with 9.5 points, Goretti Angolikin and another Woman Candidate Master (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.

Team Uganda (Men):

1 – Elijah Emojong (IM)

2 – Patrick Kawuma (CM)

3 – Harold Wanyama (FM)

4 – Arthur Ssegwanyi

5 -Mathias Ssonko 

Women:

1 – Ivy Amoko (WCM)

2 – Grace Kigeni

3 – Gorreti Anglokin

4 – Phiona Mutesi (WCM)

5 – Christine Namaganda (WCM)

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

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