Fide Master (FM) Harold Wanyama and the new kid on the block, Gloria Nansubuga won the men and women titles respectively at the Rwabushenyi chess tournament held at St Charles Lwanga Hall, Rubaga in Kampala.
After 8 rounds of thrilling action played over 4 days, Wanyama tied with International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong and Harunah Nsubuga on 7 points apiece. Uganda Chess Federation President, Vianney Luggya said:
Wanyama was declared winner after a better tie break. Nsubuga’s tie break could have been affected with a bye in one of the rounds against Ssegwanyi and an early loss to inferior opposition.
Whereas a thirteen year old, Gloria Nansubuga scooped the ladies top prize (with 7 points out of a possible 8), her first major victory at the highest level, the men’s defending champion, Arthur Ssegwanyi had a dismissal tournament.
The reigning Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) male chess player of year, 2014 did not even manage a top 10 slot.
How Nansubuga and Wanyama Won:
Enroute to victory, Nansubuga beat Woman Fide Master (WFM) and the reigning USPA Chess player of 2014 Ivy Amoko, Robina Namwanje, Esther Nakitende, Jacinta Nantume, Joan Nakimuli, Rhoda Namuswe and Olympian Goretti Angolikin.
Nansubuga’s only loss came at the hands of Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Phiona Mutesi.
To win the event, Wanyama beat Makumbi Deo, Muluya Sadati, Elijah Emojong, Mukasa Patrick, Lubega Solomon, Ssali Julius and Farouk Fauza. His only loss was to Haruna Nsubuga.
Prizes and Accolades:
For winning the men event Wanyama pocketed a prestigious trophy and a cash prize of one million two hundred thousand shillings from event sponsors, Civil Aviation Authority.
International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong, who finished in second position on tie break and walked off with shillings 600,0000/- and a trophy.
Third placed Nsubuga won himself 300,000/- and a trophy too. The other top performers up to 8th place took home varying cash prizes.
The other prize winners were Solomon Lubega in fourth position with 6.5 points, Emmanuel Mwaka in fifth position with 6 points, Daniel Bagaadde with 6 points in seventh and ex Olympian Shadrack Kantinti with 6 points in eighth position.
Branded Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) T-shirts were also given out to the players.
Nansubuga pocketed a glittering trophy and U.shs 700,000 cash prize.
The Under 15 Boys Category was won by Wilson Serunjogi followed by John Kyobe and Abbey Mukiibi. The three got trophies for their exploits.
Grace Musisiwaza took the U-15 girls top prize with 5 points, closely followed by Gloria Nakiwala with 4.5 points as Lydia Nakato finished in third position.
The trio was rewarded with trophies.
Six trophies were given out in the under 15 years age category and another six in the under 10 years age bracket.
A total of 161 players participated in the FIDE rated event, the biggest on the Uganda Chess Federation calendar.
Ivy Amoko playing a blitz game after the tourney
I am very excited about the victory. I prepared well for this championship and thanks to be God for the win
The level of Competition was very stiff. Finishing on a 7 out of 8 points’ tie with three players was phenomenal. I credit the healthy competition and this shows that the game is growing