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Uganda grabs silver medal at World Junior Championship for Disabled

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Uganda grabs silver medal at World Junior Championship for Disabled

Uganda made Africa proud with a second-place standing in the 3rd edition of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.

Russia won gold with 11.5 points compared to Uganda’s 8 points.

The USA won bronze with 7 points.

Happy winners and participants of the 2019 World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled. Photo credit Dora Martinez.
Happy winners and participants of the 2019 World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled. Photo credit Dora Martinez.

The event has sixteen (16) players from eight countries taking part. Russia, Germany, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, India, Ecuador, Uganda and host the USA.

FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) wins the World Junior Champion Title for Players with Disabilities.  Photo credit  Dora Martinez.
FM Ilia Lipilin (RUS) wins the World Junior Champion Title for Players with Disabilities. Photo credit Dora Martinez.

Two players represented each team. Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira and John Denis Mwesigye were members of the Ugandan side.

Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (left) of Uganda in action. Photo credit Dora Martinez.
Wasswa Sharif Mbaziira (left) of Uganda in action. Photo credit Dora Martinez.

The championship took place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in the USA. The event ran from 10th to 15th July 2019 and had a total of 7 rounds.

Uganda won a bronze medal at the 2nd edition of the event which was held in 2017 in Florida in the USA.

John Denis Mwesigye of Uganda in action. Photo credit Dora Martinez.
John Denis Mwesigye of Uganda in action. Photo credit Dora Martinez.

Kenya National Paralympic Committee

Kenya has never participated in this particular event. However, the 2020 edition will likely feature a team from Kenya. Chess Kenya and the Kenya National Paralympic Committee have introduced chess to a small number of members. It is interesting to note that the ‘Kenya Para Team‘ has since May 2019 been training every Tuesday at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi.

Some of the members from the Kenya Para Team at the 2019 Nairobi Open Chess Tournament receiving a prize from Ameet Parikh (in red shirt). From left Alfred Simiyu Barasa, Edwin Muruah, Dennis Muga and Geoffrey Maoga Mosongoh.
Some of the members from the Kenya Para Team at the 2019 Nairobi Open Chess Tournament receiving a prize from Ameet Parikh (in red shirt). From left Alfred Simiyu Barasa, Edwin Muruah, Dennis Muga and Geoffrey Maoga Mosongoh.

Clement Miheso at the 2015 World Chess Championship for Disabled.

Clement Miheso represented Kenya in the 2015 World Chess Championship for Disabled in Germany. He is affectionately known as ‘Champ‘ and is a former Chairman of Kenya Chess Association.

Sponsors

The U.S. Chess Trust were the sponsors of the event. Support also came in from New Jersey Chess Federation and KIND.

Logos of the sponsors and supporters.
Logos of the sponsors and supporters.

Final Standing

Links

Official Website of FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.

Kenya National Paralympic Committee.

Clement Miheso at 2015 World Disabled Chess Championship.