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Rajab Kamoga wins 2022 Uganda Open Chess Tournament

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Rajab Kamoga wins 2022 Uganda Open Chess Tournament

Rajab Kamoga won the 2022 Uganda Open Chess Tournament that ended last week at the Mackinnon All Suites in downtown Kampala. He obtained 7.5 points out of 8 rounds to go home with a cash prize of UGX 1,300,000 (USD 360).

Chaderek Manyok of South Sudan, Emmanuel Egesa of Uganda and Deng Kuai Ayom of South Sudan tied in joint 2nd place with 6.5 points each.

Interestingly, both the South Sudanese players Chaderek Manyok and Deng Kuai Ayom were unrated at the start of the tournament.

Prize giving from left IA Olalekan Adeyemi.Shakira Ampaire, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, winner of 2022 Uganda Open Rajab Kamoga, FIDE Executive Director GM Victor Bologan & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka.
Prize giving from left IA Olalekan Adeyemi.Shakira Ampaire, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, winner of 2022 Uganda Open Rajab Kamoga, FIDE Executive Director GM Victor Bologan & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka.

The event saw just under 100 players taking part in the third edition of this prestigious event. The total prize fund was a modest UGX 7,650,000 (USD 2,000) spread out in the Open, Ladies, Veterans, and Blitz section of the event.

Rajab Kamoga had two interesting miniatures from the event.

Gloria Nansubuga v Rajab Kamoga

Rajab Kamoga va Francis Obita

 

Majok Bior Deng of South Sudan in action.
Majok Bior Deng of South Sudan in action.

WCM Shakira Ampaire of Uganda was the top lady player with an impressive 6 points from 8 rounds.

Prize giving from left IA Olalekan Adeyemi.Shakira Ampaire, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, winner of 2022 Uganda Open Ladies Section Shakira Ampaire, FIDE Executive Director GM Victor Bologan & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka.
Prize giving from left IA Olalekan Adeyemi.Shakira Ampaire, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, winner of 2022 Uganda Open Ladies Section Shakira Ampaire, FIDE Executive Director GM Victor Bologan & President of Uganda Chess Federation Emmanuel Mwaka.

Only two Kenyans were featured in the event this year.

Wech Adol Chol of South Sudan (left) takes on Kenyan star Irungu Brian in round 2.
Wech Adol Chol of South Sudan (left) takes on Kenyan star Irungu Brian in round 2.

Youngster Yvonne Mwashe got 3 points. Brian Irungu obtained a respectable score of 5.5 points to end up in joint 4th or 12th in the overall ranking. Kenyans on social media were excited when Brian Irungu defeated one of Uganda’s top players Michael Mawanda in round 5.

Β Brian Irungu v Michael Mawanda

Lamarque Hugh of Scotland in action.
Lamarque Hugh of Scotland in action.

The event had players from Somalia, Scotland, South Sudan and Kenya.

Poster for the 2022 Uganda Open.
Poster for the 2022 Uganda Open.
Veteran's Section of the Uganda Open Poster.
Veteran’s Section of the Uganda Open Poster.

Planning & Development Meeting

The Uganda Chess Federation hosted the Planning & Development meeting alongside the event. Arkady Dvorkovich, the FIDE President, and other FIDE delegates with African Federation Presidents were in attendance at the meeting.

The Uganda Chess Federation celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year.

Poster for the Planning & Development Meeting held in Kampala.
Poster for the Planning & Development Meeting held in Kampala.
GM Victor Bologan who is the Executive Director of FIDE holds a 14 board simultaneous. The final score was 13.5/14 boards.
GM Victor Bologan who is the Executive Director of FIDE holds a 14 board simultaneous. The final score was 13.5/14 boards.
GM Victor Bologan who is the Executive Director of FIDE holds a 14 board simultaneous. The President of the Malawi Chess Federation Ms Susan Namangale waits for GM Bologan.
GM Victor Bologan who is the Executive Director of FIDE holds a 14 board simultaneous. The President of the Malawi Chess Federation Ms Susan Namangale waits for GM Bologan.

Past winners of the Uganda Open

2020 – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi

2019 – FM Haruna Nsubuga

2017 – FM Patrick Kawuma

Links

2022 Uganda Open on chess-results.com.

PGNs from the 2022 Uganda Open.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2020 Uganda Open.

FM Haruna Nsubuga wins 2019 Uganda Open.

FM Patrick Kawuma wins 2017 Uganda Open.