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Chess: My dream is to become a Grandmaster – says Ssozi

Aaron Ssozi is an eight-year-old Ugandan chess player training with Dove Chess Academy owned and managed by a Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda.

Last week, Ssozi a scholar at Arcons International school was among the eight students that took part in the just-concluded Hoogeveen Invitational Youth Chess Championship that happened in the Netherlands.

He was among the eight participants that represented as Team Uganda and returned home victorious with gold medals thanks to their stellar exhibition on their first European experience.

Despite not emerging as the best in his category during the event, Ssozi was unphased and remained hopeful to achieve more in the game of chess.

After the event, the intelligent chess player in an exclusive interview told this website on his debut experience attained in the Netherlands.

Aaron Ssozi against his opponent in a Bourtange

Aaron Ssozi is an eight-year-old Ugandan chess player training with Dove Chess Academy owned and managed by a Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda.

“Playing chess in Netherland was a very good experience though I faced tricky opponents. He said.

“But I was not scared and at all and I used the knowledge that I acquired from my coach Christine Namaganda and my personal coach Jessy against my opponents but the tournament was exciting. He added.

When asked about his main objectives as an upcoming scribe, he fronted becoming a grandmaster as his main dream, though wants to play professional football as in the future.

“I want to become a Grandmaster in the future and that’s why I play chess. However, I also admire becoming a professional footballer.” The Dove Chess Academy student nevertheless has a piece of advice to fellow kids whose dreams are becoming successful chess players.

“I encourage the young kids that want to play chess to always be determined, focused, concentrate, and observe the game. When playing, always look at your opponent’s move and believe in yourself in order to succeed.

It should be noted that Ssozi beat eight-time chess champion and Netherland’s senator Loek Van Wely during a simultaneous in the Hoogeveen Chess tournament in a Blitz on time.

Aaron Ssozi (L) playing with the chess tournament organizer in Netherland

The gold medalist later dedicated his achievements in the Netherlands to her supportive mother Aminah Agio and coach Namaganda that worked tirelessly to see him play on an international scene.

“I dedicate my achievements to my mummy who has supported me and encouraged me to play chess by paying my training fees and my coach Namaganda who trains me how to play.

In the Netherlands, Ssozi took part in a youth tournament in Bourtange and played in a chess activity at the school of Noel in Mepple.

He will now shift focus to the upcoming 11th and the final edition of the London Chess Classic slated for 29th November to 8th December 2019 in England.

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