Uganda were in the mood in the second round of the 41st World Chess Olympiad beating US Virgin Isles 3-1 on Sunday 3rd August, 2014.
Arthur Ssegwanyi led the way by registering a quick win against Creswell Reece on board three. FM Harold Wanyama followed up with a win against Anthony Mongiello before IM Elijah Emojong eked out a hard fought win to make it 3 points for Uganda as CM Patrick Kawuma was unfortunate to fall at the hands of fellow CM Massana Jorge (2180) for US Virgin Isles’ consolation point.
The Ugandan ladies however went down fighting at the hands of a higher rated Malaysian side by the same margin.
WCM Ivy Amoko was the only victor on the night beating WFM Azman Hisham on board three. Goretti Angolikin played an attacking game against WCM Tan Li Ting (1945) but failed to convert and lost as did Christine Namaganda to takes on Nur Nabila (1916) and Grace Kigeni who lost to Ahar Puteri Fahada (1860).
In the third round, the men are due to take on Faroe Isles who have a Grandmaster on Board one and an overall average rating that is higher than that of Uganda. It will definitely be a tough battle.
The ladies on the other hand will be up against Palestine as they go out seeking for their first win.