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Sagewood Cup Chess Open – IM Ssegwanyi triumphs

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Sagewood Cup Chess Open – IM Ssegwanyi triumphs

The Sagewood Cup Open Chess Championship, which ended last week, saw IM Arthur Ssegwanyi win with 7.5 points out of eight rounds.

FM Haruna Nsubuga secured the second spot with seven points, closely followed by CM Emmanuel Egesa in third place with 6.5 points.  The Open Section, with a staggering 105 participants, showcased intense competition.

Just over 220 players participated in the event, which ran from 16 to 19 May 2024 at The Nob View Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala.

In the Ladies Section, WCM Shakira Ampaire, Peninah Nakabo, and Patience Atella all scored 6.5 points.  However, WCM Shakira Ampaire won due to her superior tiebreak score.

Siima Zion Kazoora won the Junior Section with a perfect score of seven points out of seven rounds. This section had 70 participants.

From left Emmanuel Mwaka (Uganda Chess Federation President), WCM Shakira Ampaire (Winner Ladies Section), IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Winner Open Section) & Mr Kooshendra (Manager with Sagewood).
From left Emmanuel Mwaka (Uganda Chess Federation President), WCM Shakira Ampaire (Winner Ladies Section), IM Arthur Ssegwanyi (Winner Open Section) & Mr Kooshendra (Manager with Sagewood).
Emmanuel Mwaka the President of the Uganda Chess Federation makes the ceremonial first move between Ugandan's top player IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and Kenyan rookie Trevor Maoga.
Emmanuel Mwaka the President of the Uganda Chess Federation makes the ceremonial first move between Ugandan’s top player IM Arthur Ssegwanyi and Kenyan rookie Trevor Maoga.

Brilliancy Prize

The highlight of the event was Rishit Ravat, aged 15, from Victoria Chess Club, crushing Ivan Mugisha in a thrilling game reminiscent of the romantic era of chess. The game won the Brilliancy Prize for the event.

Rishit Ravat from Victoria Chess Club who scored an impressive 5 points out of 8 rounds gaining 47 Elo rating points.
Rishit Ravat from Victoria Chess Club who scored an impressive 5 points out of 8 rounds gaining 47 Elo rating points.

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Event details

The Sagewood Cup Chess Open was the first Grand Prix event for the Uganda circuit.

Sagewood Limited, the event sponsor, is an accredited plant, equipment, and project delivery provider in Africa’s energy, medicine, agriculture, aviation, and security.

Event poster.
Group photo with the prize winners and officials.

Links

Sagewood Chess Cup 2024 on chess-results.com.

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

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.

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