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Friday, April 12, 2013

Uganda Chess Championships 2013 Begin Saturday

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The Uganda National Chess Championship 2013 begins this Saturday at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga. Top seed Harold Wanyama is expected to play strong with competition from Zabasajja Memorial Champion Haruna Nsubuga, Elijah Emojong, Bob Bibasa and Grace Nsubuga among others. Defending champion Arthur Ssegwanyi is likely to miss the event due to personal reasons.

The finals of the Uganda National Chess Championship will only attract players with international chess ratings and the top six unrated chess players from the first phase of the qualifiers. These include Aaron Kanaabi who won the first phase, Rajab Kamoga, Raphael Buti, Jordan Teeba, Benjamin Mukumbya and Richard Buyinza.

In the women's category, defending Champion Grace Kigeni is expected to face competition from Chess Olympiad team-mate Goretti Angolikin, Christine Namaganda, Stella Babirye and Joy Kabengano among others. Phiona Mutesi who is still in the US may not participate in the event. A minimum of nine games will be played in the FIDE rated event that will help players without international rating to acquire them and those with ratings to improve on them.

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