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FM Harold Wanyama Wins Kireka Open

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FM Harold Wanyama shrugged off a strong challenge to emerge the clear winner in the just concluded 2017 Kireka Open Chess Tournament.

The event ran from 28th to 31st December 2017 at the Sports View Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

FM Harold Wanyama was undefeated and obtained 7.5 points out of 8 games.  IM Arthur Ssegwanyi was second with 7 points.

Proud winner FM Harold Wanyama.
Proud winner FM Harold Wanyama.

In third place was FM Patrick Kawuma who scored 6.5 points and tied with Abel Matovu who had the same points but lower on tie break.

Players in the Open Section.
Players in the Open Section.

A total of 80 players took part in the Open Section and 44 players in the U1600 Section.

Cake cutting for Kireka Club. From left to right Nsubuga Rita an Olympiad player from 2014 (she finished 4th) the little girl is 10 years old (the youngest player in the open rated category) Harold Wanyama(winner of the event) Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel (current UCF President) Eng. Jasmine Joseph Kaamu (winner of best seniors prize and former president of UCF) Mr Chirya ,Patron of Arua Chess Club. Wesonga Micheal veteran chess player and first organizer of Kireka Open that was held in 2002.
Cake cutting for Kireka Club. From left to right Nsubuga Rita an Olympiad player from 2014 (she finished 4th) the little girl is 10 years old (the youngest player in the Open category) Harold Wanyama (winner of the event) Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel (current UCF President) Eng. Jasmine Joseph Kaamu (winner of best seniors prize and former President of UCF) Mr Chirya ,Patron of Arua Chess Club. Wesonga Micheal veteran chess player and first organiser of Kireka Open that was held in 2002.

IM Elijah Emojong had a disappointing event when he ended up with only 5 points in 17th position.

Players in the Open Section.
Players in the Open Section.

The U1600 Section had 44 players.  Jimmy Sserwanda, Isacc Mpalanyi and Gift Wagaba were joint winners with 7.5 out of 9 points.

Young Ugandan players who will be terrorising Kenyan chess players in the future!
Young Ugandan players who will be terrorising Kenyan chess players in the future!

James Kabui and Milton Kihara were the only players from Kenya.  Each obtained a respectable 4 points to end up in 48/49th position in the Open Section.

Kenyan hopefuls Milton Kihara (checked shirt) and James Kabui enjoying some Ugandan food.
Kenyan hopefuls John Milton Kihara (checked shirt) and James Kabui enjoying some Ugandan food.
Top 18 players in the Open Section.
Top 18 players in the Open Section.
Top 12 players in the U1600 Section.
Top 12 players in the U1600 Section.

Full details of the event can be found on 2017 Kireka Open.