After a two week break that had the presidential and parliamentary elections, the Olympiad Chess qualifiers return this weekend at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Ndeeba in Kampala.

The last three rounds will be played on Saturday, February 27 through to Sunday 28th February 2016.

A statement from the Uganda Chess Federation reads;

The last three games were supposed to have been played last weekend were postponed as a result of involvement in the National Elections.

Key Games:

Edgar Ntende, who had an early impact in the first rounds takes on the unpredictable Simon Gonza. 2000 National Junior Chess champion, Farouk Fauza Karim Kizza will battle the ever fresh brains of Patrick Kawuma and Gonza will play Emmanuel Mwaka in the other.

Meanwhile, International Master (IM), Arthur Ssewgwanyi is still unbeaten after eight rounds, accumulating the maximum 8 points after 8 rounds. Ssegwanyi, also the reigning USPA Chess player of the year has already qualified for the team with three rounds to spare. He will perhaps look towards maximizing his rating points in this FIDE rated event.

In the ladies category, the game between WFM Christine Namaganda and Winnie Okoth is also likely to be thrilling and decisive in determining their fate.

The top five in each of the categories (Open and Ladies) will qualify for the national team to represent Uganda in the World Chess Olympiad due in September 2016 and in the Africa Individual Chess Championship in May this year.

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

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