Patel Divyang handshakes with WFM Christine Namaganda after a demonstration in the game of chess (Photo: David Isabirye)
India Association Uganda officials hand over trophies and medals to Dove Chess Academy director Christine Namaganda at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda (Photo: David Isabirye)
  • Event: 2019 Dove Junior Academy Chess Championship
  • Date: Friday, 18th – Saturday, 19th April
  • Catergories: U-8, U-10, U-14, U-16 & U-20 (Both Gender)
  • At Nob View Hotel, Ntinda

Dove Chess Academy has been boosted by an assortment of trophies and medals from The Indian Association of Uganda prior to the start of the 2019 junior championship slated to pawn off at Nob View Hotel in Ntinda on Good Friday.

The trophies and medals estimated at Shs 3.5M were officially handed over to the academy director Christine Namaganda by the General Secretary, India Association Uganda Mohamed N. Vaheed and the Vice Chairman, Patel Divyang, in Ntinda on Thursday.

Flanked by the tournament co-sponsor Baboon Adventure Safaris (represented by the director Aminah Ajio) and Edgar Ssengooba from the Dove Chess Academy, Namaganda expressed gratitude for the timely offer.

Namaganda, a Woman Fide Master (WFM), rated 1619 globally was excited by the donation;

I want to thank the Indian Association Uganda and Baboon Adventure Safaris for this timely support. The offer comes just in time of our annual Dove Junior Chess tournament which will start on Good Friday and climax on Saturday at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda. There are so many players we expect in the U-8, U-10, U-14, U-16 and U-20 catergories in either gender

WFM Christine Namaganda
Christine Namaganda talks to the media (Photo: David Isabirye)
L-R: Christine Namaganda, Mohamed N. Vaheed, Aminah Ajio during the press briefing at Nob View in Ntinda on Thursday (Photo: David Isabirye)

Addressing the media during the medal and trophy handover, Vaheed hinted on the push factor for their association with the brain game of chess.

The Indian Association Uganda has helped out and supported a number of sports disciplines in Uganda. Uganda has a lot of talent that needs help. We realized chess has good potential, just like Cricket, badminton, lawn tennis, Table tennis, volleyball, football where we have closely associated. It is not only sports, but we have helped in medical camps, blood donation drives and so many campaigns.

Mohamed N. Vaheed, General Secretary The Indian Association Uganda
Patel Divyang handshakes with WFM Christine Namaganda after a demonstration in the game of chess (Photo: David Isabirye)

The junior tournament will start on Good Friday with entries in all the available age brackets as U-8, U-10, U-14, U-16 and U-20.

The swiss format of play will be used for this two day’s championship.

The Indian Association Uganda is always ready to help the development of sports in Uganda. We are humbled to be part of chess development especially from the grassroots.

Divyang Patel, Vice Chairman The Indian Association Uganda
Divyang Patel (Photo: David Isabirye)

Baboon Adventures Safaris is glad to be associated with junior chess development particularly with the Dove Chess Academy. Personally, I was inspired by son who has tremendous improved in the game.

Aminah Ajio, Director Baboon Adventures Safaris
Aminah Ajio

Dove Chess Academy has helped me harness and polish up my chess skills. My game has tremendously improved and I want to thank the management for this project.

Edgar Ssengooba, player with Dove Chess Academy

By and large, junior chess development in the country remains a crucial pillar of the game growth and progress, like for the rest of the sporting disciplines at large.

Woman FIDE Master Christine Namaganda is rated 1619 by FIDE, the international chess body (Photo: David Isabirye)

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

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