Barely a month after his phenomenal performance at the Uganda Open that led to his triumph, Fide Master Patrick Kawuma has added to his gongs.
The 27-year-old emerged numero at the Rwabushenyi Memorial Open Chess Championship held at the Forest Cottages in Bukuto although dissimilar to his success at the Uganda Open, victory didn’t come easily this time as he tied points with his fellow Olympian FM Harold Wanyama in the first position.
With each amassing seven points, the duo was separated by a tie break that favored the now No.2 seed in the East African region and for the first time in history, a player other than IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, IM Elijah Emojong and Wanyama was winning the Rwabushenyi.
No player outside the three had tasted success at the event sponsored by the Civil Aviation Authority in honor of the former Uganda Chess Federation [UCF] president Cyril Rwabushenyi, but Kawuma who has proved unstoppable ended the trio’s dominance.
He, however, did that without Ssegwanyi and Emojong taking part. The former pulled out of the tournament two rounds into the competition after being forced to lose his game against Rajab Kamoga by forfeit while the latter chose to sit out the competition to focus on Kireka Open.
Kawuma took home Ugx1,150,000 as prize money while Wanyama pocketed Ugx1M for his second place finish. To complete the podium positions was Allan Mathias Ssonko who beat FM Haruna Nsubuga to it. Ssonko garnered 6.5 points and walked home with Ugx750,000.
There was also a tie for the first spot in the Ladies category, with WFM Ivy Clare Amoko and WFM Goretti Angolikin both garnering 6 points. Angolikin took the day on a tie-break as she won her first Rwabushenyi title.
These ladies put up enviable shows, outwitting some of the tough guys in the game, with Angolikin who almost put Solomon Lubega to the sword in the penultimate round feasting on Alex Ruzigura and Amoko outsmarting veteran Shadrack Kantiti in the final round.
With a performance rating of 1814, Angolikin rated 1638 finished sixth overall while the No.1 lady in the region came tenth.
WFM Christine Namaganda completed the podium positions in this category. Namaganda tied points with Dericka Figaro, a Woman Candidate Master from Seychelles, but had the tie-break on her favor.
WCM Maria Nakanyike won the U1400 category. The 11-year-old dominated the section crushing whoever came her way including her older brother Victor Kanyike who she beat in the fifth round.
Nakanyike collected a perfect eight points. In the second position was Kanyike with seven points. Kanyike lost to only Nakanyike. And Ashiraf Nyamutale came third overall with six points.