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Monday, March 10, 2014

Uganda beats Nairobi to win Annual Chess 'Battle of Migingo'

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Uganda’s National Chess team beat the Nairobi Chess Club 12-4 after four rounds over the weekend (March 8-9 2014) in Nairobi, Kenya to win the traditional three-year-old annual 'Battle for Migingo' reports Kawowo.

Uganda’s team comprised Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, CM Patrick Kawuma and Walter Okas. The Kenyan team included Kenya’s National Champion Ben Magana, Mehul Gohil, Peter Gilruth and Brian Kidula.

The first round played on Saturday morning (March 8 2014) ended in a 2-2 draw, in the second round Uganda won 3.5-0.5, then won 3-1 in the third round and the score was 3.5-0.5 in Uganda’s favor in the last round.

Ssegwanyi was the best player on the Ugandan team winning all his four games against Gilruth, Mehul, Magana and Kidula, unrated Okas also did very well winning three and only drawing one against Magana. This puts Okas who already has 8 rated games from the recent Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship on course for his first international rating as the event in Kenya was also a rated tournament.

Patrick Kawuma won three and lost one to Mehul while FM Wanyama had an unusually difficult time that could cost him some valuable rating points after winning one against unrated Kidula, drawing the other with Gilruth and losing two to lower rated players in Magana and Mehul.

The Ugandan team returns to Kampala after successfully defending the title for the third year running. The annual event helps improve on international rating points for players in the region and fosters friendship and cooperation among the two countries.

UCF stated the federation was grateful to Nairobi Chess Club for hosting this year’s event and taking good care of the Ugandan team. Uganda is expected to reciprocate the gesture next year in Kampala.

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