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Major Upsets in the Uganda Open Chess Championship

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The inaugural Uganda Open Chess Championship got off to a great start with a total of 92 players in the Open Section and 74 players in the U1600 Section.  The event which runs from 9th to 12th November 2017 at the in Forest Cottages, Naguru Hills, Bukoto, Kamapla, Uganda is FIDE rated.

Peter Gum Majok from South Sudan (left) and Joseph Kaamu of Uganda.
Peter Gum Majok from South Sudan (left) and Joseph Kaamu of Uganda. Photo credit Eastmond Mwenda

The only major upset in day 1 was when Solomon Lubega defeated highly fancied IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda.

Tough day in the office! IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda.
Tough day in the office! IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda. Photo credit Eastmond Mwenda.

Day 2 saw further upsets when top Uganda player FM Harold Wanyama went down to James Panchol of Kenya.

On board 4 another top Ugandan FM Haruna Nsubuga lost to CM Cypriano Deng of South Sudan in round 3.

CM Cypriano Deng of South Sudan during the 2016 Baku Olympiad.
CM Cypriano Deng of South Sudan during the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

CM Cypriano Deng was again in scintillating form when he went on to demolish top seed IM Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda  in round 4.  This left IM Ssewangyi in position 31 with only 2.5 points out of 4 points at the end of day 2.

Action from the Uganda Open
Action from the Uganda Open. Photo credit Eastmond Mwenda.

The event has attracted players from 7 African federations and include Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan and Uganda.  Kenya has 15 players taking part with the top ranked being James Panchol and Ricky Sang.

Joseph Kaamu of Uganda in action
Joseph Kaamu of Uganda in action. Photo credit Eastmond Mwenda,

The event has been sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa with live transmission of the games made possible with the support of Terrian Chess Academy who provided the equipment.

Live transmission of the games can be found on this site by clicking on Uganda Open Live Games.

Games from round 3 and 4 can be found by downloading them from Uganda_Open-1.  The draws and standing can be found here – Uganda Open Chess-Results.

 

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