The 2019 Premier Bet Uganda Chess League returned on Sunday 8th September with rounds Eight and Nine.
In round 8 newly crowned bronze medalist from All Africa Games in Rabat Morocco FM Harold Wanyama returned to inspire the Mulago Kings to a win over table leaders Kireka Panthers.
All top 4 boards registered draws with WCM Ampaire Shakira delivering the match win by trouncing Nakabo Peninah. The match ended 3-2.
The league which just crossed the midway mark is very competitive with teams from Somalia, Kenya, and the host Uganda and has seen several teams lead the table temporarily as many hope to bag the cash prizes at the end of the season.
“We thank our sponsors Premier Bet, club captains, arbiters, players, and all stakeholders who have enabled a competitive league so far. The competition is still tight and league winners might be decided on the final day.
Said the Uganda Chess Federation president Eng. Mwaka Emanuel who also doubles as a player for Chess Dynasty.
The Kisumu team Western Express led by Kenya’s best player Magana Ben saw a rare appearance of Chess Kenya Vice President Andrew Owili featuring on board four.
It’s always a great sight to see leaders who are hands-on playing the chess game as they inspire the next generation. Several teams from Rwanda, South Sudan, and Tanzania are expected to join the Uganda chess League next year to make it probably the most populous league in Africa.
The next match day is a fortnight away and will see the classical league take a break as teams battle in Phase one of a team blitz Knockout championship that will be decided on a best of 2 game phase.
With an armageddon applied in case of a tie, the top five teams will play a blitz round robin on the afternoon closing day of the season to determine the club blitz champions.
This is set to yet again bring in a high intensity of speed chess to spice up the national chess league.