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January 20, 2019

Uganda's Olympian Ssegwanyi snatches top prize in East Africa Open

Uganda’s Olympian Arthur Ssegwanyi is the East Africa Open chess champion after topping a field of 42 players with 6.5 points out of a possible 8, in the rated section. Played at Kenyatta University over Easter, Arthur beat compatriot International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong to second position and was awarded US1,000 plus a trophy.

Emojong finished with 6 points to take home US$700, followed by another Ugandan Fide Master (FM) Harold Wanyama with 5.5 points plus US$500. Kenya’s national champion and KCB player, Candidate Master (CM) Ben Magana and former Olympian Kenneth Omolo tied on 5 points to share the 4th and 5th prize, with each getting US$250. Uganda’s CM Ivy Amoko won US$200 as the best lady.

In the open section played over 8 rounds, Steve Okeyo garnered 7.5 points to grab the winner’s trophy and Sh30,000. Collins Young, Givans Amunga, Victor Hongo and Amos Wakhungu each received Sh7,500 after tying in second position with 6.5 points.

Daphne Mwikali won the ladies open section with 5.5 points, followed by Deshpande Sanjana 5 points, with Karania Saloni, Ann Kung’u, Gweyani Jumba of KCB and Mary Kung’u tying for 3rd place with 4 points each.

In the boys primary schools section, Sumit Deshpande won with 5 points followed by Aguda Lwanaga (4) and Sunil Subramaniam (3), whereas Krishi Shah won the girls section followed by Fathima Mohamed (3) and Arul Yuvika (3). In the secondary boys section, Subham Rai won with 5 points as Ian Gichuguma and Moses Maina got 5 and 4.5 points respectively. Saloni Karania (5) led Winnie Watani (3) in the ladies secondary section. Kenyatta University was declared the best university team. The tournament was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation to the tune of US$5,000.

Puzzle: This game was played in the Easter Open Chess 2014, between Hemed H. Mlawa of Tanzania (white) and Maxence Muranga of Rwanda (black). Black just played Qxc3?? from f6 after being attacked by Rf8.

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