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October 24, 2018

Ssegwanyi pips rival to win Rwabushenyi Memorial tourney title

Can white sacrifice his queen to end black’s reign of terror? [From the game Garry Kasparov v/s Emil Sebastian at a 19-player simultaneous exhibition last week in Oman]
Can white sacrifice his queen to end black’s reign of terror? [From the game Garry Kasparov v/s Emil Sebastian at a 19-player simultaneous exhibition last week in Oman]

After a string of international successes, Uganda’s poster boy IM Elijah Emojong could not stave off strong competition from compatriot Arthur Ssegwanyi and finished in second place at the 2014 edition of Rwabushenyi Memorial Championship in Kampala.

Though both he and fellow Ugandan Arthur were tied with 7 points each at the end of the 8-round tournament, Arthur walked away with first place on account of a better tie-break score having defeated Emojong in an earlier round. Defending champion FM Harold Wanyama finished third with 6 points.

Peter Gilruth had the best Kenyan performance at the event, finishing 4th overall with 5.5 points followed by Brian Kidula (4 points) in 17th place and Kenya National Champion CM Ben Magana (3 points) in 19th place.

On her part, WCM Ivy Amoko destroyed all notion of competition with a 100% result of 8 points to win the ladies section, a good 1.5 points ahead of first runner up Christine Namaganda and 2 points ahead of second runner up Grace Kigeni. Rose Chemiat—the only Kenyan lady participating in the event— finished in 11th place with a respectable 4 points.

In international news, the Tata Steel chess tournament (better known as Wijk aan Zee) is due to begin on January 11, in Holland. The Masters group consists of Grand Masters Levon Aronian (Armenia), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Wesley So (Philippines), Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany), Pentala Harikrishna (India), Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Loek Van Wely (Netherlands).

The 12 Grand Masters will play a single round-robin to determine the eventual winner. Last year’s winner Magnus Carlsen and second runner up Viswanathan Anand will not be participating in the 2014 edition.

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