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Chess: Emojong eyes Wanyama’s record at Mombasa Open Championship

CHESS | It is again that time of the year when Ugandans flock Kenya for one of its prestigious tourneys–the Mombasa Open Chess Championship.

While only a few travelled this year, a Ugandan is expected to scoop the ultimate prize as its been the case the past nine years, and focus will be on the tournament’s top two seeds International Master Elijah Emojong and Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga.

The former is the reigning champion. Emojong beat competition from Nsubuga and FM Harold Wanyama last year to retain the championship he won 2016.

Emojong returns to Mombasa as the favourite for the championship.

“Of course, everyone likes to be a winner. The plan is to win it again but I have to be alert as guys like Haruna (Nsubuga) and the Kenyan Magana are hungry,” the International Master rated 2267 said.

Emojong begins his championship defence against Andrew Mumia in the opening round on Friday evening at Midview Hotel, Nyali. The fourth seed in the region will be looking to emulate Harold Wanyama by winning the Open the third successive time.

In other games involving Ugandans, Nsubuga takes on Geoffrey Mulaga on board two. Board 5 will see Joshua Katumba face off with Joseph Methu while William Kalugo meets James Wabui on board eight.

WFM Gorretti Angolikin and others will sit the first round out as they are not paired .

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