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IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2019 Rwabushenyi Open

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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).

IM Arthur Ssegeanyi in the red shirt takes on FM Haruna Nsubuga. Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.
IM Arthur Ssegeanyi in the red shirt takes on FM Haruna Nsubuga. Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.

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.

CM Ben Magana of Kenya in action at the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.  Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.
CM Ben Magana of Kenya in action at the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open. Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.

Players from Kenya

Evans Sinoya, WCM Joyce Nyaruai, and WCM Lucy Wanjiru all obtained 5 points out of 8 rounds.

Ivan Jalagatha Mugisha of Uganda takes on one of Kenya's top lady players WCM Lucy Wanjiru.  Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.
Ivan Jalagatha Mugisha of Uganda takes on one of Kenya’s top lady players WCM Lucy Wanjiru. Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.

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.

Nob View Hotel.
Nob View Hotel.

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).

Junior Section

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.

The Junior Section at the 2019 Rwabusheny Open Chess Tournament.  Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.
The Junior Section at the 2019 Rwabusheny Open Chess Tournament. Photo credit Pearl of Africa Chess.

Poster & prize fund

Poster for the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.
Poster for the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.
Prize Fund for the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.
Prize Fund for the 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.

Past winners

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.

Links

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.