It was a not a merry start for one of the favorites at the Uganda Open Chess Championships as International Master Elijah Emojong dropped the ball in the second round
Emojong’s first game wasn’t an easy one either. He had to dig deep to edge veteran Grace Daniel Nsubuga in one of the games that took ages to end, and in came the stumbling block in the subsequent round.
The IM was paired against Solomon Lubega in the second round, and the latter on Black, won the contest, leaving the Olympian placed 33rd after two rounds of play.
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There were no other upsets on the day though as the other big boys won their respective games. IM Arthur Ssegwanyi cruised past Paul Ogweng Ojede and Emmanuel Musoke while Fide Master Patrick Kawuma beat Luke Owiii and Godfrey Luberenga.
FM Harold Wanyama crushed Ezekiel Matsiko and Ivan Jalagatha Mugisha. Prior the event, Matsiko alias ‘Ikemat’ had been begging to be paired against Wanyama. His wish was granted, but the ever loquacious Matsiko didn’t live to see the 40th move as he was checkmated.
FM Haruna Nsubuga had a walkover in the first round but had to maneuver in the second round to beat Caxton Kalule. Nsubuga had only a rook and two pawns while Kalule had a rook, a Bishop and two pawns, but the latter somehow found ways of not winning when it was the easiest option.
The other players who produced maximum points on Day one include South Sudan’s David Maluak Bol, Allan Mathias Ssonko, veteran Shadrack Kantinti, Kenya’s James Panchol Madol, Rodgers Ntambi, John Sserwaniko, Fred Migabo, Kenya’s Ricky Sang and Rehan Deng Cypriano from South Sudan.
Joyce Kabengano and Woman Fide Masters Goretti Angolikin and Christine Namaganda have a point each after each winning one of their first two games.
WFM Ivy Clare Amoko has half a point. She lost and drew in the opening two games so did Woman Candidate Master Maria Nakanyike.
Acton returns Friday with the third and fourth round at the Forest Cottages in Bukuto.