FIDE rating: 2189
Record: Vision champion 1998 and 2001, 1999 Olympiad, Kenyan Open Champion 1998
BOB Bibasa carries his vast experience into the Kireka Masters Invitational ready to avenge his defeat to Hassan Mulambe in The New Vision International championship.
Mulambe shocked Bibasa on his way to lifting the prestigious title.
He lost to the champion in a game he described as a â€˜typical flukeâ€™ and is sure there is no chance of lightening striking twice.
â€œItâ€™s going to be competitive and Iâ€™ll give it the best shot,â€ he said.
Bibasa believes the battle for the top prize will be one between him and Grace Nsubuga. â€œI think Grace might win it because heâ€™s good.â€
Bibasaâ€™s Achilles heel is getting excited when in the driving seat and against calculative competitors, he will have no margin for error.
But he also boasts a menacing ability to bounce from the verge of extinction as he showed against Nsubuga.
Fighting a lost cause, he somehow managed to salvage his pride with an ill-deserved draw.
After scaling the greatest heights in local chess, Bibasa will definitely have a say in the tournamentâ€™s destiny.
The former Busoga College Mwiri chess player was unanimously named Chess player of the year in 2001.