In an attempt to raise financial support for Uganda’s travelling contingent to Ethiopia for the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships that commence next weekend on Saturday, the local chess fraternity has organized a Blitz tourney at Lugogo, Woman Fide Master Gorreti Angolikin has confirmed.
Led by the federation’s General Secretary, Henry Ategeka, participants, in the name of ‘togetherness’ are to pay any amount of money as participation fee.
Angolikin said: “We just want to help them get pocket money by organizing this tournament. We chose Lugogo as the venue, but we are yet to set the date. It will be a few days from now though.
“We didn’t set a standard cash amount because many like Blitz so we can’t limit them. Any amount they can afford is welcome.”
Uganda will be represented by ten players including Fide Masters Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga, Thomas Katairo, Allan Mathias Ssonko and Joshua Katumba in the Open category and WFM Ivy Clare Amoko Amoko, Shakira Ampaire, Kevin Benittah Naddya, Esther Penninah Nannozi and Safinah Mugide in the Ladies category.
Winners at the Zone Championships earn the International Master [IM] and Woman International Master [IM] titles in the Open and Ladies categories respectively.
The last and only the second Ugandan in history to attain the much coveted IM title was Arthur Ssegwanyi. The rated 2370 won the 2015 edition held here in Uganda.
Elijah Emojong was the first East African to earn the title when he emerged winner in Egypt in 2013.