Busoga Junior had a qualifying player in each of the categories, apart from the under-14.
Busoga Junior School will have 10 finalists at the Chess Parents and Guardian’s Association (CPGA) Youth Chess Championship (CYCC) finals in Kampala, following their dominance of the Eastern Region qualifiers played at Jinja College on Sunday.
From Kelvin Ngobi who topped the under 10 category with 4.5 points to Hope Babirye and Esther Kalembe in the under 18 girls category, Busoga Junior had a qualifying player in each of the categories, apart from the under-14.
They dominated the under 12 boys’ category with Alex Mukisa winning all his games and picking 8 points. Samuel Kabiredi and Samson Kihembo tied on 6 point each in the category while Jeroma Kadama also picked 6 points in the girls’ category.
One more Child and hosts Jinja College qualified five players each; Vicky Lojale and Margaret Kotol in the under-10 girls, Angelina Nakiru in the under-12 and Charles Aleper in the under-14 as well as Pauline Lochoro in the U-16.
Jinja College will have Moses Opong, Owen Bulyowa, Mahad Ssenyange, and Amisi Batambuze and Raphael Maigul in the final to be played at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel in November.
The championship sponsored by Jesa, Stanbic, Sheraton, and Vision Group run under the tag; “Creating a Generation of Great Thinkers”, and is aimed at developing and growing the quality of chess-play in Uganda.
It is organised in conjunction with Grand Chess Life Academy, Old Concepts, QG Group, Apt Media and St. Agnes Academy.
The top three players in the Under 16 Boys' category Mahad Ssenyange (left), Allan Cherotich (center) and Ephraim Langalanga (right) pose with their goodies after the Chess Parents and Guardian Association Chess Youth Championship Eastern Region qualifiers at Jinja College
The Eastern Region qualifier played over two days attracted 240 participants from different schools in the east.
CPGA chairman Ssubi Kiwanuka challenged the participants to ensure they teach their colleagues who don’t know the game yet, the mind sport.
Other CYCC regional qualifier events will be held in Gulu (North), Masaka (outer Central), Kampala (Central) and Mbarara (West).
Kelvin Ngobi (Busoga Junior) 4.5pts
Abdurrahim Muhammad 2pts
Vicky Lojale (One more Child) 3.5pts
Vicencia Khaista (Busoga Junior) 3
Margaret Kotol (One more Child) 2.5
Under 12 Boys
Alex Mukisa (Busoga Junior) 8pts
Samuel Kabiredi (Busoga Junior) 6
Samson Kihembo (Busoga Junior) 6
Jeroma Kadama (Busoga Junior) 6pts
Betty Dichiru (Kagoma Gate) 5.5
Angelina Nakiru (One more Child) 5
Under 14 Boys
Moses Opong (Jinja College) 8pts
Charles Aleper (One more Child) 7
Owen Bulyowa (Jinja College) 6.5
Mary Adungo (Kagoma Gate) 4.5pts
Fossa Babirye (Busoga Junior) 4
Prisca Namara (Holy Cross Lake View) 4
Under 16 Boys
Ephraim Langalanga 7pts
Allan Cherotich (Busoga junior) 7
Mahad Ssenyange (Jinja College) 7
Pauline Lochoro (One more Child) 4
Priscilla Nakaziba 4
Monica Bamitarire 4
Under 18 boys
Bonny Namangala (Kiira College Butiki) 7.5pts
Amisi Batambuze (Jinja College) 7.5
Raphael Maigul (Jinja College) 7
Hope Babirye (Busoga Junior) 4pts
Esther Kalembe (Busoga Junior) 3
Merceline Mirembe (PMM Girls) 3