World Youth Chess Championships: 18th-30th September 2014, Durban, South Africa

Gloria Nansubuga, 13, aspires to become a medical doctor when she completes university.

Despite being in just Senior One, the mind of the St Mbuga Vocational secondary school student has the prime focus of completing school and accomplishing her life dream.

Nansubuga is privileged to have qualified as one of the two candidates to represent Uganda at this year’s World Youth Chess championships that start on Thursday (18th September 2014) in the South African city of Durban.

“I will make every move on the board count because i want to perform well,” she tells Kawowo Sports. She will be representing Uganda at the youth championships alongside another Ugandan, William Tendo.

Nansubuga started playing chess at a tender age of 4, under the inspiration of Robert Kakande, her personal coach, and a chess teacher at St Mbuga Vocational school.

Born to Lydia and Wilson Kasende in Katwe, Kampala, Nansubuga was enrolled into the chess family by Kakande as has never regretted playing the game.

“I am in school because of chess after I was given a bursary because of my talent,” she says.

At the World youth Chess championships, Nansubuga hopes for a respectable finish. “I want to put myself and Uganda on the world map when i play well”, she adds.


Full Names: Gloria Nansubuga

Date of Birth: 12th Nov 2001

Class: S.1

Parents: Lydia and Wilson Kasende

Place of Birth: Katwe, Kampala

Education (Schools attended): Namirembe Infant Nursery and Primary; St Mbuga Vocational Secondary School, Makindye

Started Chess Career: Aged 4 years old

Best Chess Move: E4 and D4

Best Subject: Biology

Best Friend: Norah Nasasira

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

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