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Monday, January 6, 2014

Ssegwanyi, Amoko Win Rwabushenyi Chess in Kampala, Uganda

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

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Arthur Ssegwanyi (rated 2251) beat Elijah Emojong (IM) rated 2339 to claim the 2014 FIDE rated Rwabushenyi Chess Memorial Tournament after overcoming a tough decisive game eight of the four day event.

Ssegwanyi scored 7 points, same as the newly elected Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Chess male player of the year for 2013, Emojong (finished with 7 wins) after a tie break with Arthur Ssegwanyi, who won 6 and drew 2.

Ssegwanyi beat Emojong in round five, one game that put ahead basing on the head to head rule. Ssegwanyi had won that

In the ladies’ category, Ivy Amoko won her maiden title following an impressive performance that saw the law graduate from Makerere University winning all her 8 games.

Amoko returned 8 points after 8 rounds to win the 600,000 top cash prize for the women. Christine Namaganda was runners up to clinch 300,000 cash prize.

Richard Tugume, with 7.5 points out of 8, having drawn with Hassan Mulambe won the unrated category with Malcom Etolu taking the runners' up.

Last year's winner, Harold Wanyama finished third to take home Ug.shs 300,000. In the Under age catergory, Gloria Nansubuga won the U-14 to take home Ug.shs 50,000 while Henry Kimbowa took the boy's version.

The Rwabusenyi Memorial is the biggest Chess tournament in Uganda that has attracted 200 participants from across the entire East African region.

The Olympiad qualifiers tourney at Pope Paul memorial will be the next local tournament on the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) calendar 18th to 19th January for the unrated players. (Chess Blog Admin note: Our earlier report
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