Gloria Nansubuga Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA ANAKATO

Successful sportsmen and teams thrive on the old school adage, to emerge the best; you have to overcome the stiffest challengers.

Budding chess star, Gloria Nansubuga will strongly contend with the saying especially given the fact she left a strong statement of intent at the recently concluded Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess tournament.

The Senior Two St Mbuga Vocational Secondary school emerged as the best feminine at the FIDE rated 5th Edition of Uganda’s biggest chess event

I want to win every opponent lined against me and this was one driving factor that explains how I won it.

Though her ultimate dream, in life is completely outside the chess circumference since she aspires to be a medical doctor when she completes University, Nansubuga’s aggressiveness and creativity once on the chess board spells her great success in the game.

She was privileged to have qualified to represent Uganda at the 2014 World Youth Chess in the South African city of Durban.

“Traveling to Durban on my first ever flight exposed me to lots of challenges but my confidence continued to grow immensely” she revealed to Kawowo Sports.

Nansubuga represented Uganda at the youth championships alongside another Ugandan, William Tendo and she believes the tournament had a tremendous impact on her approach to the game. Nansubuga, who lost just one game (to Phiona Mutesi) said;

At the youth championships, you will always meet the cream of the game and since I managed to win some games, I had it in mind, I can win anybody here in Uganda

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.

Ratings:
Nansubuga is rated at 6205 out of the total 168055 female chess players (of which 90059 are active at the moment) worldwide by the by the International Federation Chess body (FIDE).

Among the 2823 U-14 female chess players across the globe, she comfortably sits at 474.
On the African continent, She is 142nd out of 2649 total chess female players (1743 are active).
Among the U-14 girls on Africa, she is ranked 4th out of 25 active players.

In Uganda, Nansubuga is the undisputed U-14 number one chess player, 6th overall of the total female sex chess players who total upto 42 (30 of them in active chess).

After defeating the best rated Ugandan woman chess player, Ivy Amoko, now Nansubuga will surely need consistence to prove to the ‘doubting Thomases’ that she has indeed emerged on the scene.

PROFILE:
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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