Perennial contenders FM Harold Wanyama and his board nemesis Haruna Nsubuga are unbeaten after four rounds and enjoying a joint lead in the Open category of the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship which returns this weekend at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
 
The first four rounds were played on Saturday 5th  and Sunday 6th  December 2015 while the last four are due to be played on Saturday 12th  and Sunday 13th December 2015.
 
A number of mouth watering fifth round encounters are awaited including the duel between Harunah Nsubuga (white) and Harold Wanyama (black), IM Arthur Ssegwanyi versus Grace Nsubuga and Joel Wegoye taking on IM Elijah Emojong.
 
Wegoye is a calm and collected player who has been off the scene for some time but is back with a bang and his quality showed in previous rounds as he outwitted experienced players in ex Olympian Shadrack Kantinti and Ali Kikoyo before getting a draw against Olympian Mathias Ssonko to get to 3.5 points out of 4.
 
A number of upsets have already been registered.
 
Pre-tourney favourite and the highest rated player in the event, IM Ssegwanyi was held by Solomon Lubega in the first round, Emojong has already drawn twice against less fancied opposition in Charles Luwemba and Edgar Ntende while Kenya’s Ben Magana suffered a first round loss at the hands of Brian Mugabi.
 
Magana has since recovered by winning the next three games in a row to get himself back into contention for the top positions.
 
The event is also doubling as the first phase of the Olympiad Qualifiers for Ugandan players with the top 30 male participants from this event due to be selected to proceed to the second phase of the Qualifiers due to be held next year.
 
In the ladies category, the top 12 will proceed to the next and last phase of their qualifiers. 

Christine Namaganda and Phiona Mutesi are cruising with maximum points after 4 rounds and are poised to take on each other in the fifth round.

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

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