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Masiko determined for Super 12 finish at 2020 Zabasajja Memorial Chess Championship

Chess player Masiko Ezekiel has a main target of finishing in the top 12 at the Zabasajja Memorial Chess Open that started at Nob View Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala on Friday.

The soft spoken athlete with a rating of 1783 had a colourful start, beating unrated Kiyimba Mercelino in the first of the seven rounds contest but other duties restricted his availability for more three rounds.

Masiko Ezekiel during playing a game

“I started well beating Kiyimba Mercelino in the first round of the tournament which gave me a colourful start.

He said.

The Mulago Chess Club player went ahead and highlighted on his main aim of the championship despite being caught up with other business engagements that limit his participation in the event.

“My main aim is to finish in the super 12 and be amongst the top 12 players in the country according to the Grand Prix to add on more GP and be safe and I’m not ready to back off. However, I’m always caught up with my business engagements so it’s always difficult for me to feature in the championship all the time.

Elsewhere, Woman Fide Master (WFM) Christine Namaganda will have to win the final two rounds on Sunday and enter the money bracket for the ladies’ category.

Namaganda with ratings 1613 beat Nankya Janell Mubiru, reigning champion Mawanda Micheal, and Kabuye Paul in round one, round two and round five respectively.

Christine Nmaganda (R) playing against Namwanza Kennedy (L)

She however, lost round three and round four to Panchol James Madol and Namwanza Kennedy.

The National Team player Namaganda will have to overcome hardships from her round six opponent Kizito Kangave on board 24 and will wait for her final round pairing later on Sunday afternoon.

The 3rd Grand Prix event 2020 Zabasajja memorial open Chess Championship attracted 100 participants from four federations.

Chess players in a game

The participating federations come from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Somalia.

The overall winner will take over UGX 1000,000 while the best lady will walk away with a reduced prize money of UGX 300,000 from UGX 700,000.

Harouna Nsubuga won the inaugural Zabasajja memorial open Chess Championship in 2013 before Mawanda Micheal claimed the crown in 2019.

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