Chess: Ugandans braced for Genocide Memorial tourney

By Agatha Mutebi

Added 8th June 2017 09:41 PM

Over 17 Ugandans were confirmed participation in the 2017 edition

Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament 

Ugandan chess players will join a bunch of other East African at the Rwanda Genocide memorial chess tournament that starts Friday in Rwanda’s capital Kigali at Classic Hotel Kicukiro. 

The three day tournament that is divided into two sections; the genocide international and open sections will be graced by some of the strong regional players, Uganda’s FM Harold Wanyama, Kenya’s Gohil Mehul and Ricky Sang. 

According to the general secretary Uganda Chess Federation, Henry Ategeka, the Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament will strengthen the relationship between East African players as well as helping Ugandan players gain more experience in the game of chess. 

“The tournament will help our players evaluate their performance against other East African players something that will help them better themselves at the sport and also raise their ratings” said Ategeka. 

Over 17 Ugandans were confirmed participation in the 2017 edition.

Simon Gonza, Rajab Kamoga, Thomas Katairo, Paul Kafuko, John Vianney Mukalazi and FIDE Masters (FMs) Patrick Kawuma and Haruna Nsubuga are some of the players to represent the country in the annual event. 

Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Kenya and hosts Rwanda are some of the countries to take part in the tournament. ​​

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