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Hundreds turn up for CPGA Youth Chess championship central region qualifiers

Chess Parents and Guardians Association (CPGA)

Theme: Creating A Generation Of Thinkers

Over 360 participants took part in the Chess Parents and Guardians Association (CPGA) Youth Chess championship final qualifier round in Kampala.

The central region qualifier started today on Saturday 12th up to Sunday 13th October 2019 at Aga Khan Primary School in Kampala.

As it has been in the last four regions, this event is planned by the association for children between the ages of 5-18; countrywide coming from different schools.

Speaking during the opening ceremony in Makerere, the chairman CPGA Youth Chess Championship Mr. Kiwanuka Ssuubi said that,

Chairman Chess Parents and Guardians Association Mr. Kiwanuka Ssuubi

The turn up has been amazing, he anticipated to get 300 students but the number has risen to 360 and the good thing is that all are here to play and have played. When we started this championship, we targeted students from different region and we have been successful in that after Jinja, Gulu, Mbarara, and Masaka.

We shall have been 150 – 160 participants in the grand finals in December. I thank our main sponsors JESA and Stanbic Bank who have worked for hand in hand with us towards a successful event.

The CPGA central region qualifier is played in seven categories U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 categories, from which the top 6 players in each category will advance to the finals to be played at Sheraton later in the year.

After the first five rounds of day one, Six-year-old Aine Atubet who features in the Under Eight category expects a medal despite stiff competition.

Six-year-old Aine Atubet : Photo by Kigozi Abdusalam

The tournament is fine though a little bit difficult but I have managed to win three games out of the five played today and I expect to win the last three rounds to get a medal or a trophy.

Said Atubet a scholar at Vine International Christian Academy about the championship.

The tournament is played under eight rounds and the best six performers in each category will book a berth in the grand finals slated for December at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

Apart from Stanbic Bank and JESA, the CPGA has been boosted by other sponsors like New Vision, Hema Water, and others.

The two-day tournament will end on Sunday and the best students in each category will win trophies, gold, silver, and bronze medals plus certificates to all the participants and other gifts.

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