FM Patrick Kawuma emerged winner in the 2017 Rwabushenyi Memorial Open Chess Championship held at the Forest Cottages in Bukuto, Uganda.
FM Patrick Kawuma and FM Harold Wanyama both obtained 7 points, but Patrick was declared the winner on tie break.
This victory by Kawuma comes hot on the heels of his other major victory in the inaugural Uganda Open in which took place in November 2017. See story on Patrick Kawuma wins 2017 Uganda Open.
The Open Section had a total 75 players in total. Foreign players included Figaro Dericka from Seychelles, Michael Alier Noah from South Sudan, Joseph Nzabanita and Alexis Ruzigura both from Rwanda.
The U1400 section had a total of 53 players.
Kawuma took home UGX 1,150,000 (USD 320) as prize money while Wanyama won UGX 1M (USD 270) for his second place finish.
Mathias Ssonko was third with 6.5 points and went home with UGX 750,000 (USD 200).
We have a tough game from FM Patrick Kawuma’s encounter against Ibrahim Waira in round 4 of the event.
In the round 6 FM Patrick Kawuma with 4.5 points faced his perennial rival FM Haruna Nsubuga who had 5 points in a crunch match.
In the Ladies category, WFM Goretti Angolikin & WFM Ivy Clare Amoko ended at the top with 6 points each. Angolikin was declared winner on tie-break to collect her maiden Rwabushenyi title.
A fast rising 11 year old WCM Maria Nakanyike won the U1400 category.
Brief history of this iconic event can be found here – Rwabushenyi Memorial poster and history.
More details on this event plus other games can be found here – Rwabushenyi Memorial 2017 on chess-results.