Chess federation postpones national open to next year

CHESS | Chess enthusiasts will have to wait until next year to play or watch their favourite players take to board at the Uganda Open Chess Championship.

The Open that FM Patrick Kawuma won in spectacular style last year was expected to take place next month. It was one of the events that winded up the year in 2017, but that’s not going to be the case this time.

This may come as a surprise to many as the event had been included in the Uganda Chess Federation’s 2018 calendar. The Uganda Open is supposed to be an annual event. Lack of funds has, however, meant the event be held intermittently. Before last year, it was last held in 2013.

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Unavailability of funds though is not the reason for its postponement! At least not according to UCF President Emmanuel Mwaka.

“Because of the World Chess Olympiad that we took part in and the Africa Juniors that Uganda is set to host in December, we have decongested the last quarter of the year,” said Mwaka. “The National Open and Juniors will run early next year.”

Many will ask why its not being staged next month seeing there’s no event in line.

That aside, fans and players will look forward to the Rwabushenyi Memorial and the Kireka Open to wrap up the year. The two events are set to take center stage in December.

“Rwabushenyi is on. And Kireka will run as the last event of the year concurrently with AJCC.” Confirmed Mwaka.

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