Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga will lead a cast of fourteen superstars as the overall winner of Uganda Chess Federation’s Grand Prix when the Super 14 pawns off on 10th February.
Nsubuga garnered 73 points after winning two of the five Grand Prix events (Kireka Open and Zabasajja Memorial) to end the circuit as the overall winner, but attention for him and the rest of the roster now turns to the Super 14.
The Super 14 is not only a battle royal for the national champion; It is the event that will sieve the five players that will represent Uganda in Budapest, Hungary at the 45th edition of the Chess Olympiad in September and in Kazan, Russia at the BRICS Games in June
It promises to be an exhilarating event as it will feature the creme dela creme consisting of the top twelve players from the Grand Prix, a national junior champion and a wild card entrant.
Like aforementioned, Nsubuga topped the Grand Prix. He will be in company of FM Harold Wanyama, Rajab Kamoga, IM Elijah Emojong, FM Bob Bibasa, CM Emmanuel Egesa, FM Patrick Kawuma, Norman Magino, Abdul Shakur Wagodo, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, Richard Kato and Mark Nyola Wasswa as well as Mathew Mwase (the national junior champion) and CM Emmanuel Musaasizi the wild card holder.
Nsubuga might’ve topped the Grand Prix standings, but with the above lineup, there’s no guarantee for a top five finish for him, or anyone else for that matter.
UCF has further spiced up the event. The person who prevails as the champion will walk away with a land title so there’s a lot at stake.
The Super 14 in the Women’s category will feature Sana Omprakash Kayyar, Patricia Kawuma Peninah Nakabo, WCM Shakira Ampaire, Milly Takali, Mary Kevin Ndagire, Safinah Mugide, WFM Gloria Nansubuga, WCM Maria Nakanyike, Sheeba Valentine Naisanga, Sarah Nakalyowa, Tatiina Zuri, Caroline Nabirye ( Silver medalist in the National Juniors) and the greatest of them all, WFM Ivy Amoko who takes up the Wild card.
Like the men, the ladies will also be fighting for the top five positions as they seek to make the team for the aforementioned international events.