The opening weekend of the National Chess Championship ended with mixed results for some of the favourites to win the tournament.
Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga in the opening round attained the perfect result he’d envisioned, by beating one of his bitter rivals FM Harold Wanyama, but the in-form FM couldn’t navigate his way in the second round.
The rated 2158 suffered a damaging defeat against Emmanuel Musasizi who’s participation in this competition came only by a virtue of a wild card.
Wanyama though, endured a weekend to forget as he lost both games. After that humiliating loss to the 32-year old, the region’s No.2 seed fell prey to International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi who tops the rankings in the region.
The first two rounds ended with Wanyama on the bottom, but with that afternoon loss, Nsubuga who just recently won the Zabasajja Memorial Open ends the first two rounds placed 8th.
The weekend was however, blissful for three players. FM Patrick Kawuma, who intends to defend this title, Ssegwanyi and Mark Nyola Wasswa. The trio won both their opening two games.
IM Elijah Emojong did not loss any game, but he did not win either. Emojong drew both his games.
In the Ladies category, Milly Takali WFM Ivy Amoko and Patricia Kawuma are the only three that won both rounds, and lead the standings in that order.
The games will resume Friday with round three and four.