Ronald Wabwire wins Jumuiya Ya Afrika Mashariki Tournament
Ronald Wabwire of Uganda emerged as the triumphant champion of the inaugural Jumuiya Ya Africa Mashariki Open Chess Tournament 2023.
Interestingly, Ronald Wabwire, aged nine, secured maximum points in the seven-round tournament, showcasing his remarkable skills. He is a member of the Kamwokya Treasure Life Center (KTLC).
The tournament organised by Gift of Chess brought together 431 players from Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The top three players in each category received prestigious trophies.
The event had a 60-minute time control and ran over three days.
Ronald Wabwire claimed victory in the Open Section, surpassing competitors like Lenny Matiga Shile with 7 points and Francis Michuki , James Kabui, and Jeremiah Machar Nhial, all with 6.5 points.
The tournament celebrated diversity, actively welcoming and honouring Persons with Disabilities (PwD) players. Aggrey Oliver from Joytown Special Secondary School received the PwD award, securing 5 points.
According to the Tournament Director, Ms Philis Ngigi, inclusiveness underscored the tournament’s ethos of embracing chess enthusiasts from all walks of life and abilities.
The FIDE-rated tournament received immense support from key partners, including FIDE, Chess Kenya, Opening Master, Business Meet Chess & Kids, Sanewan, Stemtrix, Delish & Nutri, Miwaki Brands, Prashar Family, Dominos, and Great Thinkers Chess Academy.
All participants received certificates of participation, and Mavens Chess Club earned recognition as the Best School/Club category.
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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.