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IM Ssegwanyi wins 6th Kireka Open Chess Championship

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IM Ssegwanyi wins 6th Kireka Open Chess Championship

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi carved his name into the Ugandan history books when he won the Kireka Open Chess Championship for the third consecutive time in a row! His win in the 6th edition means he has now won four of the six editions of this prestigious Ugandan event. He went home with UGX 1.3 million (USD 350).

CM Emmanuel Egesa, Peter Majur Manyang, Joseph Deng Riak and FM Haruna Nsubuga were joint second with 6.5 points each.

Joseph Deng Riak of South Sudan in pink versus IM Arthur Ssegwanyi in a game that ended in a draw. Photo credit Innocent Kimera.
Joseph Deng Riak of South Sudan in pink versus IM Arthur Ssegwanyi in a game that ended in a draw. Photo credit Innocent Kimera.

Peninah Nakabo, the 2018 Africa Amateur Individual Chess Champion, was the top lady player with six points and 13th in the ranking. It is interesting to note that she is the wife of Uganda’s top player IM Ssegwanyi.

IM Elijah Emojong found the going tough and scored five points in this eight-round contest.

IM Elijah Emojong (left) playing against Kizza, Faruk Fauza Karim. Photo credit Innocent Kimera.
IM Elijah Emojong (left) playing against Kizza, Faruk Fauza Karim. Photo credit Innocent Kimera.

From 28th to 31st December 2022, the event saw about 140 participants battling it at the Gloria Gardens Namugongo, Kampala. Six federations were present and included Afghanistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and host Uganda.

Yvonne Mwashe was the sole Kenyan representative, and she scored four points.

Joseph Kaamu who lived in Kenya during the 1980s and who scored 4.5 points.
Joseph Kaamu who lived in Kenya during the 1980s and who scored 4.5 points.

When the next board is much more interesting. Michael Mawanda (with cap) and his opponent Joseph Deng Ateny Riak find the next board involving Emmanuel Mukose much more interesting! Photo credit Innocent Kimera.
When the next board is much more interesting. Michael Mawanda (with cap) and his opponent Joseph Deng Ateny Riak find the next board involving Emmanuel Mukose much more interesting! Photo credit Innocent Kimera.

The Kireka Open Chess Championship is the second event in the Grand Prix series to select the Ugandan team for the 2023 African Games.

Logo for the 2023 African Games.
Logo for the 2023 African Games.
Event poster.
Event poster.

Past winners

2021 – 5th edition – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
2020 – 4th edition – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
2018 – 3rd edition – Solomon Lubega
2017 – 2nd edition – FM Harold Wanyama
2016 – 1st edition – IM Arthur Ssegwanyi

Links

6th Kireka Open Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

IM Ssegwanyi wins 5th Kireka Open Chess Championship.

5th Kireka Open Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 4th Kireka Open.

Solomon Lubega wins 3rd Kireka Open.

FM Harold Wanyama wins 2nd Kireka Open.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 1st Kireka Open.