Venue: Nob View Hotel (Ntinda)
Date: 9th October 2019
Event: Independence Chess Rapid Tournament
Categories: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, & U20 (Boys & Girls)
The inaugural 2019 Independence Chess Rapid tournament has been officially launched by the state minister for security honorable General Elly Tumwiine.
The launching of the first event which will be the first of its kind took place at the President’s office in Kampala on Tuesday evening.
The forthcoming event will take place on the Wednesday 9th of October at Nob View Hotel in Ntinda as a way of celebrating Uganda’s 57th anniversary.
Speaking at the launch, honorable General Tumwine applauded the event organizer and Dove Chess Academy Director Christine Namaganda for the efforts towards reviving the game of chess in Uganda.
“When it comes to chess, I thank Christine for bringing young up people through Focus Youth Forum (FYF) and making chess known to the public. This is a game that helps to maneuver and plan how to overcome any challenge of any situation. I wish the participants luck and a successful event on Independence Day.
The one-day championship will a minimum of 200 participants who will vie for victory in seven age groups entirely with and the winners will grab cash, alongside trophies, and medals.
The event will kick off on Wednesday morning up to evening with entries in all the available age brackets as U-8, U-10, U-14, U-16, and U-20 being played in a rapid format.
Christine Namaganda, a Woman Fide Master and an international arbiter felt positive ahead of the maiden tournament and expects a successful event.
“Its the first edition of its kind in to be organized by Dove Chess Academy. We expect a good turn up and stiff competition from all participants that will take place in the different age categories as it was in the Dove Annual Youth Chess Championship and also expect a successful event.
Said Namaganda who doubles as the top director of Dove Chess Academy.
This will be the second chess event to be organized by Dove Chess Academy this after the second edition of the Dove Annual Youth Chess championship which happened in July.
During the official launch, General Tumwine played with a six-year-old Mayi Eleanor Grace Namboozo in the opening match for an independence chess event.
The best player in each category in the Boys and Girls will win a trophy, gold medals, and cash while the first and second runners up will take home a certificate, silver and gold medals plus cash.
The honorable general was flanked by Professor Edward Bantu who owns a chess team called ‘Chess Champion’, Joyce Katende a board member of FIDA, Sgt Titus Tugume a professional kickboxer and other members of the FYF.
Happy Independence Day our followers