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Emmanuel Mwaka & WCM Joyce Nyaruai win 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial

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Emmanuel Mwaka & WCM Joyce Nyaruai win 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial

Emmanuel Mwaka & WCM Joyce Nyaruai won their respective sections in the 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial that ended last week in Kampala, Uganda. The event ran from 7th to 10th December 2023 at the Nob View Hotel in downtown Kampala.

The winners of the 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial Emmanuel Mwaka & WCM Joyce Nyaruai.
The winners of the 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial Emmanuel Mwaka & WCM Joyce Nyaruai.

Open Section

Emmanuel Mwaka won the event with seven points out of 8 rounds. Ajak Mach Duany scored 7 points as well but took the silver due to his inferior tie-break. He took home UGX 1.5 million (USD 400).

FM Haruna Nsubuga, Mark Nyola Wasswa, Rajab Kamoga and Richard Kato all tied for third place with 6.5 points. FM Nsubuga, however, took the bronze medal out of the rest due to his superior tie-break.

The Open Section saw 100 participants, which served as the 3rd leg of the Grand Prix Circuit for the 2024 Olympiad Qualifiers and the 2024 Africa Games Qualifiers.

Moses Andiwoh of Kenya in action.  He ended up with 5 points out of 8 rounds and 22nd in the ranking.
Moses Andiwoh of Kenya in action. He ended up with 5 points out of 8 rounds and 22nd in the ranking.
Veteran CM Bob Bibasa of Uganda in action.
Veteran CM Bob Bibasa of Uganda in action.

Ladies

WCM Joyce Nyaruai of Kenya stunned her Ugandan sister by winning the Ladies’ Section with 7.5 points out of eight rounds. She went home with UGX 1 million (270).

WFM Sasha Mongeli, the 2021 Kenya National Ladies Champion, piled on more misery for the Ugandans by winning the silver medal with seven points. She took home UGX 700,000 (200).

Four Ugandans, WCM Shakira Ampaire, Mary Ndagire and Milly Takali, took third place with six points each. However, WCM Shakira Ampaire took the bronze medal due to her superior tie-break.

The Ladies Section saw 50 players battling it out for top honours.

WCM Joyce Nyaruai of Kenya in action.
WCM Joyce Nyaruai of Kenya in action.

Game corner

Sponsors & Organisers

The Uganda Chess Federation is the organiser with sponsorship from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) of UGX 5 million (USD 1,500).

The tournament is held every year in honor of Cyril Rwabushenyi, a former director of the UCAA.  He was also a founding member and former Chairman of the Uganda Chess Federation.

Poster for the 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial.
Poster for the 2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial.

Past winners

Past winners of this prestigious and iconic event include the following;

2022 – FM Harold Wanyama

2021 – FM Haruna Nsubuga

2020 – Event not held due to Covid.

2019 –  IM Arthur Ssegwanyi

2018 –  FM Patrick Kawuma

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.

2009 – FM Harold Wanyama.

2008 – FM Harold Wanyama.

Links

2023 Rwabushenyi Memorial on chess-results.com.

FM Wanyama wins 2022 Rwabushenyi Open.

2022 Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

PGNs from the 2022 Rwabusheyi Memorial 2022.

FM Nsubuga wins 2021 Rwabushenyi Memorial.

2021 Rwashbushenyi Memorial Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi wins 2019 Rwabushenyi Open.

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.

FM Harold Wanyama wins 2015 Rwabushenyi Open – reporting by www.chessdrum.net

FM Harold Wanyama wins 2011 Rwabushenyi Open report by www.kawono.com.

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