UK-BASED Moses Kawuma celebrated his acquisition of the FIDE Master status with victory in the fifth edition of the Mulago Chess Open on Sunday, Douglas Mazune reports.
Kawuma was, along with elder brother Stephen, confirmed FIDE Master by World Chess governing body FIDE for their outstanding performance at the World Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in November.
Kawuma who is now in Kampala on holiday, gathered 7.5 points in the eight-round Swiss format tournament at Mulago, beating closest challenger Michael Mawanda by 1.5 points.
Enroute to victory Kawuma beat Daniel Bagadde, Jeff Kikabi, Simon Gonza, Hassan Mulambe, Kenneth Ouma and Harold Wanyama. He only drew once with Michael Mawanda in the fifth round. The winner walked off with sh0.3m.
Mawanda, Mulambe and Wanyama finished second, third and fourth respectively after tying at six points each but separated by the Bucholtz tie break. They shared sh0.2m.
Rising star Goretti Angolikin won the womenâ€™s category at 6.5 points, beating Violet Atuhura by 1.5 points.
Kawuma celebrates in style