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Four Ugandan ladies for the 2016 Chess Olympiad

By Agatha Mutebi

Added 1st March 2016 11:55 AM

Angolikin, Kigeni, Mutesi,Joyce Kabengano and Christine Namaganda will be representing Uganda in the 2016 Chess Olympiads due September.

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Angolikin, Kigeni, Mutesi,Joyce Kabengano and Christine Namaganda will be representing Uganda in the 2016 Chess Olympiads due September.

Chess Olympiad qualifiers finals

Ladies; top five

Goretti Angolikin     9points

Grace Kigeni            9

Phiona Mutesi          8.5

Joyce Kabengano     8

Christine Namaganda 8

Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Phionah Mutesi who is also the youngest among the five that qualified to represent Uganda at the ches Olympiads in Baku, Azerbaijan is impressed by new entrant, Shakira  Ampeire’s performance at the qualifiers that ended over the weekend.

Though Ampeire failed to reach the qualifying mark, having finished  with 3.5 points in 9th position out of 12 players, Mutesi commended the new entrant for her zeal.

“The new players have been quite more challenging than the senior players right from the start especially Ampaire,” said Mutesi.

The 21 year old added that the qualifiers were no piece of cake especially the first eight rounds and that new comers proved to be very challenging and more resilient as compared to the old timers.

Mutesi finished third with 8.5 points, after beating Ampeire, Joan  Nakimuli and only drew with Joyce Kabengano in the last three rounds of round robin at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel, Rubaga.

Mutesi ranked 1611, managed to scoop six wins and 5 draws over all in  the 11 rounds that marked the end of the qualifiers on Sunday.

WFM Gorreti Angolikin (1593) emerged the overall winner with 9 points  after winning seven games and drew in four.

Angolikin drew with WFM Grace Kigeni (1624) and got herself a win  from Winnie Okoth and Vanessa Nakayima in the last three rounds respectively.

Angolikin, Kigeni, Mutesi,Joyce Kabengano and Christine Namaganda will  be representing Uganda in the 2016 Chess Olympiads due September.

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