Uganda Dominates Africa Schools Chess Championship
The 2019 Africa Schools Chess Championship ended last week in Kampala, Uganda.
Uganda dominated the event by winning a total of 23 medals.
Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and hosts Uganda participated. The venue was Xanadu Collection in downtown Kampala.
Several other countries had confirmed before pulling out due to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
Kenya had only four players in the Open Section from Nyabigena Boys School. Byron Nyamao (U15), Kevin Auka (U17), Brian Ongoko (U17) and Allan Onderi (U17) were part of the team.
Ms Saphinah Kenyando, who is the Chess Patron of Nyabigena Boys, was Team Captain.
Kenya ended up with only one medal in this event. Brian Nyamao got a silver medal in the Boys U15 section.
Duke Michieka, who is Chess Kenya’s Vice Chairman (Technical) was the HOD.
The event was a milestone for IA James Kang’aru of Kenya who was appointed the Chief Arbiter of the tournament.
Winner – Cleophas Charles (Tanzania).
2nd – Senabulya Sharif (Uganda).
3rd – Batambuze Amisi (Uganda).
Winner – Musenze Christian (Uganda).
2nd – Nyamao Brian (Kenya).
3rd – Auka Kevin (Kenya).
Winner – Pido Edwin (Uganda).
2nd – Netanyahu Ajiri Benjamin (Uganda).
3rd – Mwase Mathew (Uganda).
Winner – Mpene Thuto (Botswana).
2nd – Mawire Tawananyasha (Zimbabwe).
3rd – Tandeka Shilloh (Uganda).
Winner – Kiwanuka Ssuubi.
2nd – Pavav Bangur (Tanzania).
3rd – Nsubuga Jayson Mubiru (Uganda).
Winner – Kizito Jayden Mubiru (Uganda).
2nd – Aariz Khan (Uganda).
3rd – Kirabo Daniel Chessman (Uganda).
Champion – Campbell Penny (Namibia).
Winner – Hamssadhwane Sivakumar (Uganda).
2nd – Nalumansi Shadia (Uganda).
Winner – Ndagire Mary Kevin (Uganda).
2nd – Namiiro Janice Mubiru (Uganda).
3rd – Sravya Candy (Uganda).
Winner – Itembu Linekela (Namibia)..
2nd – Nokutenda Michelle Madzikwa (Zimbabwe).
3rd – Murungi Scarlet Mbaaga (Uganda).
Winner – Nairuba Patricia (Uganda).
2nd – Niharika Vijay (Uganda).
3rd – Ingabire Grace – (Uganda).
Winner – Aine Atubet.
The winners in all categories got Master titles and qualify for the World Schools Chess Championship next year.
1. Uganda – 8 Gold, 7 Silver, 8 Bronze medals.
2. Namibia – 2 Gold medals.
3. Tanzania – 1 Gold medal.
4. Botswana – 1 Gold medal.
5. Zimbabwe – 2 Silver medals.
6. Kenya – 1 Silver medal.