The seventh edition of the Kireka Open Chess Championship is set to take place between 28th to 31st December at the Nob View Hotel in Ntinda.
Like the previous competitions staged locally this year, this FIDE rated event is a Grand Prix circuit event as it is part of the qualifiers for the
2024 Olympiad in Budapest, Hungary and the 2024 ALL Africa Games in Accra, Ghana.
The event will comprise of two sections namely the Open and Ladies section, but it also comes with the Junior section that will run for one day in a rapid format on Friday, 29th December.
Six group categories of U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 both boys and girls have been entered in this section.
With the Juniors included, awards will be given to the top three in the Open, Women’s, Seniors 50+, and the Differently Abled Persons. There will also be a Brilliance Award that will be awarded to the player with the best game at the tournament.
Added to the awards, Elos will be awarded to the U1900, U1800, and U1600 sections and as the last Gran Prix of the year, the top 20 will gain points.
The tournament is open to all players with a FIDE ID and will be run according to the Swiss
pairing system over a total of 8 rounds.
The Baku acceleration system shall be used for pairings of all rounds.
International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi and Penninah Nakabo who are one of the power couples in local chess are the defending champions in the Open and Ladies sections respectively.
Heading into the tournament, Rajab Kamoga, FM Harold Wanyama, FM Patrick Kawuma, Abdul Shakur Wagodo and CM Emmanuel Egesa lead the Grand Prix standings in the Open section while Patricia Kawuma, Milly Takali, Safinah Mugide, Penninah Nakabo and Hannah Zion Mawejje are the top five in the Ladies.
In the Seniors section, Joseph Kaamu, Jeffrey Kikabi, Enoch Epuku, Grace Daniel Nsubuga and George William Ssenyomo are in the lead.