BCLA, SOM show class in CPGA chess Kampala qualifier

By Michael Nsubuga

Michelle Kobugabe topped the U-8 girls picking 7 points where Angel Kirabo was third with 5.5 points out of a possible eight.

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The Sports Outreach Ministries (SOM) players proved a force to reckon with as the Chess Parents and Guardians Association Chess Youth Championships Kampala qualifiers ended at the Aga Khan School on Sunday.

The school that restores hope and transforms lives of disadvantaged children through sport excelled in the two-day qualifiers ensuring 7 of their players will play in the finals of the first edition tournament to be played in Kampala in December.

They dominated the under 8 (girls) and under 18 (boys) categories where they will have four of their players featuring in the finals.

Michelle Kobugabe topped the U-8 girls picking 7 points where Angel Kirabo was third with 5.5 points out of a possible eight.

Michael Talemwa and Sharif Mbaziira also shone for SOM, picking 6 and 5.5 points in the U-18 where Calvin Ntumwa also scored 5.5pts.

John Denis Mwesigye and Shamia Nankabirwa also picked maximum points in the U-16 boys and U-10 girls categories while Ivan Ntume's 7 points also propelled him to the final.

The Brand Chess Life Academy will also have nine in the finals including; Benjamin Ajiri, Jacob Kairu, Shiloh Tandeka, Janice Namiiro, Mary Kevin Ndagire, Richard Zzimbe, Joyce Mary Ndagizimana, Mariana Namutebi and Joan Natalia Nakazzi.


 CPGA Chairman Ssubi Kiwanuka (left) awards the girls' Under-18 winner Stella Nahabwe after the CPGA Youth Chess Championship Kampala qualifiers at Aga Khan, October 11 2019. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Hosts Aga Khan qualified five players in; Sivakumar Hamssadhwane, Shrisha Satish, Richard Daniel Zzimbe, Aariz Khan and Zayan Bhayani from the  U-16, U-14, U-10 and the U-8 categories respectively.

CPGA Chairman Ssubi Kiwanuka urged the players to keep working on their games ahead of this year's finals and next year's tournament.

The championship is sponsored by Jesa, Stanbic Bank, Sheraton and Vision Group.

Qualified players

U-18 boys

Micheal Talemwa 6pts

Sharif Mbazira 5.5

Calvin Ntumwa 5.5

U-18 girls

Stella Nahabwe 1.5pts

U-16 boys

John Mwesigye 8pts

Osborn Mwembebezi 6.5

Gerald Kivumbi 5.5

U-16 girls

Sivakumar Hamssadhwane 5pts

Mary Kabaana 5

Arsheen Jivani 4

U-14 boys

Benjamin Netahyahu 8pts

Shafic Muheebwa 6

Jacob Kairu 6

U-14 girls

Nisha Mbuga 5.5pts

Sharuwa Nakakande 5

Shrisha Satish4.5

U-12 boys

Mathew Mwase 7.5pts

Ivan Ntume 7

Shiloh Tandekwa 6.5

U-12 girls

Sheila Nabatanzi 6pts

Janice Namiiro 6

Mary Kevin Ndagire 6

U-10 boys

Arthur Mwase 6.5pts

Bodman Kirabo 6.5

Richard Zimbe 6.5

U-10 girls

Shamia Nankabirwa 8

Joyce Mary Ndagizimana 6.5

Mariana Namutebi 5.5

U-8 boys

Aariz Khan 7pts

Chessman Kirabo 7

Zayan Bhayani 6

U-8 girls

Michelle Kobugabe 7pts

Joan Natalia Nakazzi 6

Angel Kirabo 5.5