She coached fellow youngsters that participated in the girl’s category at Mount Olives, Kakiri.
National Schools Chess Championships
St. Marcelino 20.5points
Kibuye junior 20.5
Kampala Sch of the disabled 19
Africa Junior A 17
Kagoma Gate 13.5
St.Mbuga A 15
Jinja college B 14.5
Namilyango A 14.5
Mwiri A 14
Mwiri B 14
St Mbuga A 19
Nabbingo A 12
Mengo Ss 11
Youngster Maria Nakanyike stole the show at the 2017 National Schools’ Chess Championships (Father Grimes) where she appeared as coach of Springfield High school over the weekend.
The 13-year-old made a notable decision to compete in the open section at the chess Championship also know as Father Grimes tournament.
She went a step further to coach fellow youngsters that participated in the girl’s category at Mount Olives, Kakiri.
By the end of the weekend, the St. Marcelino Primary School pupil had reason to smile with her school not only leading their primary school category but also leading Springfield to fourth position with 12.5 points.
“I decided to coach other players because I feel the need to share my knowledge with the rest, that way I can also better myself as I learn new things from them,” she said.
Nakanyike believes that until she is able to afford travelling for international tournaments, its through coaching other players that she will be able to better herself in the game of chess.
Nakanyike has in leaps and bounds over the years as a chess player. She has on several occasions played against stronger and highly rated players, producing positive results.
The tournament that concludes Monday attracted over 60 teams.