The third edition of the Decode Annual Chess Championship officially climaxed on Sunday 21st June 2019 at Silver Spoon Primary School, Kibuli.
Over 24 Primary and Secondary Schools took part in the maiden two-days 2019 championship with over 412 participants contesting in different categories.
Hillside Nursery and Primary School based in Naalya was among the top schools that put up an exciting overall performance in the championship.
The school claimed a bronze medal from teenage sensational chess player Kirabo Abigail after the eight rounds played and walked away with a certificate and a calendar.
Featuring in the Under Twelve (U-12) category from the Girls’ section, chess player Kirabo stood out heroic with a brilliant performance.
I’m very excited for this achievement. The tournament has not been easy, there has been stiff competition but I managed to win bronze. I thank my trainers and fellow students for the support towards this achievement.” Said Kirabo.
Kirabo finished third with six points out of a possible eight after six wins and two defeats in the eight rounds played after the two days of stiff competition.
Other players from Hillside with remarkable points in the same category were Byamukama Aaron, Ngozi Israel, and Suubi Astrid all with 5.5 points.
Tumusiime Keith, Agaba Joshua, and Ocen Lucia all finished with 5 points while Lubega Ryan, Amanzi Jordan, Bwadene Aaron finished with 4.4 respectively.
Jatiko Zion 6, Owomugisha Shadrack 5, Atuhaire Cranmer 5, Mwesigwa Jordan 4.5, and Ochoro Daniel 4.5 were the top five performers from Hillside in the Under Ten (U10) category.
In the under 8 category, both Mwanje Kish and Rosh Ashbel finished with 5 points while Yiga Gabriel, Katushabe Sarah, and Ann Mary Aliba scored four points each.
The championship that had 18 Primary Schools and eight Secondary Schools is played annually and is recognized by the Uganda Chess Federation.
Uganda Chess Federation peresident Mwaka Emmanuel presided over the event as the guest of honor.