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Three Federations, 100 participants turn up for maiden Kantinti Memorial Open Rated Chess Tournament

The first edition of the Kantinti Memorial Open Rated chess Tournament has officially kicked off today on Friday 14th February at Nob View Hotel.

The inaugural tournament which is the first of it’s kind will run until Sunday 16th February 2020 in Ntinda.

The Kantinti Memorial Open Chess Tournament was organized in rememberance of fallen chess Olympiad Shadrach Kantinti who passed away last year in June.

Kantinti, who died at 42 years of age had represented Uganda in eight Olympic chess tournaments hence an event was named after him.

But his last olympiad was 2018 Batumi, Georgias and his last chess event in Uganda was Zabasajja memorial event in march 2019.

Chess players in one of the UCF organized events

The three-day event has attracted over 100 participants from three Federations, Uganda, Nigeria, and Rwanda respectively.

Agbugba Ijeoma Irene and Sanya Derrick Mbabazi represented the Nigerian and Rwandan federations respectively as hosts Uganda remain the dominant side with a huge number of participants.

Agbugba Ijeoma, a Nigerian representative was optimistic about getting Fide rankings which is her main aim of the championship which is her second experience after the Kireka Open Chess Championship that happened in December.

Ijeoma told this website that her main aim is to get rankings and prove her concentration in the sport ahead of the National Sports Festival in Nigeria.

Nigerian Agbuguba Ijeoma Irene on a chess board

“I came to play so that I can improve on my calmness and also get Fide rankings. My problem was lack of concentration and I could not think so well hence I needed to prove myself before returning to Nigeria for a National Sports Festival.

Said Nigerian Agbuguba Ijeoma who has been in Uganda since her engagement in the Kireka Open Chess Championship last year.

The National Sports Festival will happen from 20th February – 4th March 2020 in the city of Benin and the event will give her good preparations ahead of her local task.

The Kantinti Memorial Open Chess Tournament will be played in a Swiss format and Seven rounds will be played in the entire event.

St Andrew Kaggwe Gombe High School is among the many schools that took part in the tournament and was represented by six Junior Chess players.

Students from St Andrew Kaggwe Gombe High School- Kawaala turned up for the event

Experienced athletes Harrod Wanyama who is currently engaged with other duties and Arthur Segwanyi will not take part in the first edition of the event.

Segwanyi is fresh from taking part in the Rwanda Open Chess Tournament and finished the event as the overall winner having won all the seven rounds to be crowned the overall champion.

Other notable players who missed the inaugural event are WFM Christine Namaganda and WCM Gorreti Angolikin who won the Ladies category in the previous Zabasajja Memorial Open Chess event.

Gorreti Angolikin (L) and Panchol Madol who won the previous Zabasajja Memorial Open didn’t turn up

Their absence will provide winning opportunities for Kawuma Patrick, Harouna Nsubuga, Bibasa Bob, and female Olympiad Gloria Nansubuga who has just concluded her UACE Examinations.

The 2020 Kantinti Memorial Open Rated Chess Championship shall be considered as the 4th Grand prix Event Qualifier for the 2020 Olympiad in Khanty, Mansiysk (Russia).

This event is the 4th grandprix circuit event and 2nd last 2020 moscow, russia olympiad qualifier.

The final event is Uganda open due next month

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