IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2019 Rwabushenyi Open
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi displayed his dominance in Ugandan chess with an emphatic victory in the just concluded 2019 Rwabushenyi Open. He obtained 7.5 points out of 8 rounds to clinch the trophy and top cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 (USD 300).
FM Patrick Kawuma and Simon Gonza were joint 2nd with 7 points each.
CM Ben Magana and Peter Gilruth kept the Kenyan flying high with a respectable 6 points to end up in joint 4th position. Mathias Ssonko, Julius Ssali, Caxton Kalule, Samuel Were and Paul Katula were the other Ugandans with 6 points as well.
Players from Kenya
Evans Sinoya, WCM Joyce Nyaruai, and WCM Lucy Wanjiru all obtained 5 points out of 8 rounds.
The Open Section had a total of just over 100 players which had 8 rounds over 4 days. Nob View Hotel, (Nob View Hotel.) was the venue for the event.
Uganda Chess Federation, in conjunction with FIDE, organised this event in honour of the late Cyril Rwabushenyi. He was a founding member and former Chairman and of the Uganda Chess Federation.
The prize fund was a modest Uganda Shillings 3.275 million (USD 1,000).
The Junior Section had a total of just over 110 players taking part. Ezra Ssekabira, Dennis Mukisa and Osborn Mwebembezi were joint winners with 5.5 points each. Ezra Ssekabira was however declared the winner as he had the better tie-break.
Poster & prize fund
Past winners of this prestigious and iconic event include the following;
2017 – FM Patrick Kawuma (Open section) & WFM Goretti Angolikin (Ladies section).
2016 – event was not held.
2015 – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi with 7.5 points. Event held on 5th/6th/12th & 13th December 2015.
2014 – FM Harold Wanyama with 7 points. Event held in early January 2015.
2011 – FM Harold Wanyama.
2010 – IM Elijah Emojong with 7 points & Phiona Mutesi winner of Ladies section.
2008 – FM Harold Wanyama.
Standings & Results of 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.
FM Patrick Kawuma wins 2018 Rwabushenyi Memorial.
Patrick Kawuma wins 2017 Rwabushenyi Memorial.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2015 Rwabushenyi Memorial.