Nakanyike beat all her opponents to score seven points out of a possible nine
African Schools Individual Chess Championships.
Round nine, results
U13: SivaKumar Hamssadhwane 3 pts.
U11: Maria Nakanyike 7
U9: Naomi Nabuyondo 4.5
U7: Kitty Ndagizimana 0.5
U17: Mark Wasswa 2.5
U15: Victor Kanyike 4.5
U15: Paul Wasswa 1.5
U11: Edwin Pido 4.5
U9: Elijah Muwangunzi 4
U7: Kiwanuka Ssubi 3.5
Despite having the odds stacked against her in the 2017 continental African Schools Individual Chess Championships, Maria Nakanyike came second after Botswana’s Natalie Banda in the U11 and 9 girls’ category on Sunday in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Nakanyike beat all her opponents to score seven points out of a possible nine despite missing the first two rounds of the campaign due to a delayed flight.
The national league board five Crestals' chess player who started off strong in round three, outwitted Zimbabwe’s Courtney Mugomba before she seeing off Nkomo Lzwazilwenkosi in the fourth round without breaking a sweat.
Nakanyike played like the team captain that she was when she dispatch Namibia’s players, Lure Horn, Lilian Jansen, Kenya’s Devashri Shah, and Botswana’s Arona Moshoboro in the following rounds.
The 11-year old player also scooped a 1820 rating and a Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title to become the second highest rated local female player, ahead of fellow WCM Phiona Mutesi (1628).