Kireka Chess Championship: Ssegwanyi Back Top

International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi reclaimed the summit at the Kireka Open Chess Championships after outwitting Simon Gonza in the sixth round on Saturday.

Gonza went into this round as the table leader with a maximum five Points after he beat Norman Magino in the previous round, but he was no match for the defending champion.

To meet Gonza, Ssegwanyi first dealt with Mabior Anyuat from South Sudan in the fifth round.

The four-time champion is now joint top with FM Haruna Nsubuga who outperformed IM Elijah Emojong in the sixth round.

As the top two leaders, the two heavyweights will face off tomorrow morning in the penultimate round at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda.

Gonza’s defeat drops him to fourth in the table standings, and as such is scheduled to meet veteran FM Bob Bibasa in the seventh round on Friday.

Emojong meanwhile will take on Abuk Agoot in the same round on board five.

Like the Open category, the leadership in the Ladies category has changed. WFM Gloria Nansubuga downed both Milly Takali and WCM Maria Nakanyike to assume the summit.

Nansubuga at the top is joined by Sana Omprakash Kayyar who now also has 5 points. Omprakash beat early pace setter Patricia Kawuma and defending champion Penninah Nakabo to get to this position.

In tomorrow’s opening round, Nansubuga will go head to head with Nakabo while Omprakash will face Mary Kevin Ndagire on board one.

Kawuma has a date with Stella Babirye in the same round on board six while Nakanyike will take on Sarah Nakalyowa on board three.

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