Home Chess News The 2024 Uganda National Chess Championship IM Ssegwanyi & WCM Ampaire win

The 2024 Uganda National Chess Championship IM Ssegwanyi & WCM Ampaire win

166
SHARE

The 2024 Uganda National Chess Championship

The 2024 Uganda National Chess Championship ended last week, with IM Arthur Ssegwanyi winning the Open Section and WCM Shakira Ampaire winning the Ladies Section. The event doubled to the National Championship and the Olympiad selection, with the top five players making the team.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and WCM Shakira Ampaire pose with their trophies.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and WCM Shakira Ampaire pose with their trophies.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi not only won a trophy and a place on the national team but also got a title deed for a piece of land! He scored 11 points; his only loss was to arch-rival FM Haruna Nsubuga.

The Open Section was a thrilling spectacle that brought together the best players in the country. The competition was intense, with IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, IM Elijah Emojong, FM Haruna Nsubuga, FM Harold Wanyama, and FM Patrick Kawuma, all top seeds, battling it out for the championship.

The top five players qualified for the Olympiad team.

Ladies Section

WCM Sharkira Ampaire scored 10.5 points to clinch the Ladies titles.  Hot on heels with the same points was talented youngster Sana Omprakash Kayyar who ended up second due to her lower tie-break

The Ladies Section saw Ivy Amoko coming out of semi-retirement to seek her spot on the Olympiad team.

The top five players qualified for the Olympiad team.

Grand Prix System

The Ugandan Chess Federation uses the Grand Prix system to select the top twelve players, plus the top junior and a wild card, to make the Super 14.  The Grand Prix events give the players great flexibility, as only the results from the top three are considered to prepare for the final GP standing.

The Grand Prix circuit events included Kantinti Open, Uganda Open, Rwabushenyi Open, Kireka Open and the Zabasajja Open.

The event, from the 11th of February to the 2nd of March, featured a unique fourteen-person round-robin format, known as ‘Super 14, for each section.  The Nob View Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala, was the venue for this exciting chess extravaganza.

Game Corner

The 2024 Uganda National Chess

 

Links

2024 Uganda National Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

Super 14 live games on www.lichess.org.

2024 Zabasajja Memorial – FM Haruna Nsubuga grabs gold.

James Panchol Wins 2020 Zabasajja Memorial.

Standings & Results of the 2020 Zabasajja Memorial.

2019 Zabasajja Memorial.

Shop

Think Like a Super-GM Article by Kenya Chess Masala.