IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins the Uganda World Cup Qualifiers
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi proved his might once again when he won the Uganda World Cup Qualifiers which ran from 8th to 17th May 2021 in Kampala. The event did not disappoint and was probably one of Ugandan’s most exciting and thrilling events complete with a live broadcast by Follow Chess and Chessbase.
At stake was a coveted spot for the World Cup, which will take place in July 2021 in Sochi, Russia.
The event had high drama in the last round when the top two opponents squared off. It was a game that would determine who would travel to the World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
In the first leg encounter FM Patrick Kawuma defeated IM Arthur Ssegwanyi in a thrilling game.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi v FM Patrick Kawuma
They finally met once again in the last and decisive round.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi with 7 points needed only to win or draw to grab the slot for Sochi. FM Patrick Kawuma, on the other hand, had his back to the wall. He had to win the game to grab the slot to take part in his maiden World Cup.
In the end, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi steered the game to a draw which denied FM Patrick Kawuma the title.
FM Patrick Kawuma v IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
Winning the event for IM Arthur Ssegwanyi means that he will be making his second appearance at the World Cup. He played in the 2015 World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan when he sensationally held world number 4 player GM Anish Giri to a 158 move draw!
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi is now expected to cross the dizzy 2400 Elo mark when FIDE releases the June 2021 rating.
The shortest game of the event was the one where FM Haruna Nsubuga makes a horrible blunder on move 15 against IM Arthur Ssegwanyi.
FM Haruna Nsubuga v IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
An interesting observation of this event was the gladiatorial aspect of the contest. A record 80% of the games ended up with a decisive score!
Furthermore in a strange twist. The wins with the Black pieces was 17 compared to only 7 wins with the White pieces.
Uganda is a landlocked country in the southeast of Africa. It is often called the Pearl of Africa.
In 1888 Uganda came under the control of the British Empire. It remained a colony of Britain until 1962, when the country became an independent nation.
In 1971 Idi Amin took control of the country and made himself dictator. The government killed around 300,000 people during this time. The terror continued with the rule of Milton Obote from 1980 to 1985. In early August 1972, the President Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of his country’s Asian minority, giving them 90 days to leave the country. At the time of the expulsion, there were approximately 80,000 individuals of Indian descent in Uganda.
Three major ethnic groups in Uganda are the Baganda, Banyankole and Basoga People.
The grey crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda.
The official languages of Uganda are English and Swahili. Luganda/Ganda, is spoken also widely. Until 2005, English was the only official language in Uganda!