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Nsubuga wins Lighthouse Uganda Open

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FM Haruna Nsubuga wins Lighthouse Uganda Open

FM Haruna Nsubuga cruised to a comfortable win the inaugural Lighthouse Uganda Open last week.  He obtained 6.5 points out of 7 games.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

Michael Mawanda, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, Simon Gonza and FM Patrick Kawuma were in joint 2nd place. They each obtained 6 points.

A Ugandan players poses for the camera!  Photo credit James Mwangi.
A Ugandan players poses for the camera! Photo credit James Mwangi.

The hugely successful event attracted just over 90 players from Seychelles, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kenya and host Uganda.

Another budding Ugandan player carefully records his move.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
Another budding Ugandan player carefully records his move. Photo credit James Mwangi.

The cash prize was an impressive UGX 6 million (USD 1,500) making it probably one of the most lucrative event in Uganda.

Lighthouse Chess Club from Mombasa were the sponsors of the event.  It was the first time that a Kenyan chess club had organised an event on Ugandan soil.

President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka and Judy Kiragu of Lighthouse Chess Club.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka and Judy Kiragu of Lighthouse Chess Club. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Eleven upcoming Kenyan players took part in this event. Rocky Wachira Muchiru and CM Jeff Gichuki both obtained a respectable score of 4.5 points.

CM Jeff Gichuki one of Kenya's top junior players in action.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
CM Jeff Gichuki one of Kenya’s top junior players in action. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Uganda School for the Deaf

Lighthouse Chess Club combined their trip with some CSR with a visit to the Uganda School for the Deaf.

Lighthouse Chess Club  visits Uganda School for the Deaf.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
Lighthouse Chess Club visits Uganda School for the Deaf. Photo credit James Mwangi.

The Ugandan School for the Deaf is the first school for the Deaf in Uganda.  It was established in 1959 by the Uganda Society for the Deaf at Namirembe Hill.

The Primary School is Government aided & brings together all categories of Deaf children, including Deaf children with multiple disabilities.  The school moved to its new site at Ntinda, plot 18 Ntinda road, 5 km from Kampala city in 1989.

A bit of basketball is good for chess players!  Photo credit James Mwangi.
A bit of basketball is good for chess players! Photo credit James Mwangi.

The school’s primary task is to cater to the education, interests and unique needs of the deaf children in Uganda.

The school offers primary education with pre-vocation skills in Carpentry, Tailoring, Home Sciences, and Agricultural Practices.

Friends for life!  Photo of students from Uganda School for the Deaf and players from Lighthouse Chess Club.  Photo credit James Mwangi.
Friends for life! Photo of students from Uganda School for the Deaf and players from Lighthouse Chess Club. Photo credit James Mwangi.

Links

Standings & Results.

Video clip of the event.

4th edition Lighthouse Inter-Schools Chess Tournament.

Milton Kihara wins Lighthouse U21 Tournament.

Ugandda School For The Deaf