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Chess: Outstanding performance for Team Uganda in Netherland

This past week, Coach Christine Namaganda led Team Uganda to a successful finish at the Hoogeveen Invitational Youth Chess Championships held in the Netherlands.

More than 100 participants from across the globe participated in the intense one-week competition under different categories.

Team Uganda was represented by Eight students in five sections of the tournament; Under 6, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, and Under 14 respectively.

The students were able to compete for both individually, as well as through a two or more person team in each section where they claimed gold medals each in their respective categories with outstanding performances.

All the Eight students that represented Uganda were among the best performers in the main Rapid Bourtange event on day one.

On their arrival from the Netherlands aboard the Fly Emirates last week, Team Uganda and Dove Chess Academy coach and Director Namaganda was amused with the kids’ performance on the international scene and applauded them.

“I was surprised with their performance in the tournament. I did not expect them to impress on their first European appearance. They played well compared to their counterparts who had more experience and are fully catered for with facilities and financially but I thank God for this special milestone. Said Namaganda who is an international arbitor and a Woman Fide Master.

Historical Uganda’s representatives also played a simultaneous with Loek Van Wely who is an eight-time champion of chess and a senator in Netherland

In a simultaneous experience, Loek lost to an eight-year-old Aaron Ssozi in Blitz on time.

What do the students say about their special achievements in the Netherlands?

Henrietta Nsereko (8 years)

“The tournament was nice and exciting. I was not scared at all and applied the knowledge acquired from my coach to beat my opponents. Some opponents were difficult while others were not but I had confidence in me that enabled me to perform well. I thank my coach Christine Namaganda who taught me chess and did everything to see this happen.

Mayi Eleanor Grace Namboozo (6 years)

“I played well and won a gold medal in the tournament. I thank my supportive parents and my coach Christine for having helped me become successful.

All the eight winners that represented Uganda on the international scene won gold medals and legal chessboards.

Team Uganda that represented in the Hoogeveen Chess tournament

The Eight Participants

Kirabo Abigail (11 years)

Mwesigye Raphael (9 years)

Nankunda Roberta (10 years)

Ssuubi Astrid (11 years)

Henrietta Nsereko (8 years)

Mwanje Kishman Daniel (6 years)

Mayi Eleanor Grace Namboozo (6 years)

Aaron Ssozi (8 years)

The three officials

Christine Namaganda (Dove Chess Academy coach and Director)

Aminah Ajio (Dove Chess Academy Director)

Kemigisha Rustica (Parent representative)

What next for Team Uganda?

Team Uganda will now begin preparations ahead of their engagement in the 11th and the final edition of the London Chess Classic slated for 29th November – 8th December 2019 in England.

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