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Uganda hots up preps for Africa Junior Chess Championships

Dates, venue for Africa Junior Chess Championships confirmed

CHESS | Uganda Chess Federation has upped preparations for the upcoming Africa Junior Chess Championships with the confirmation of the date and venue.

In August last year, Uganda acquired the rights to host the Africa Junior Chess Championships.

The delegation headed by former Uganda Chess Federation president Vianney Luggya stated their case and impressed those present in an assembly held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The reward was the rights to host the continental showpiece, and now with barely three months to the end of the year, the federation has confirmed the dates and venue for the event.

An unfamiliar location (Entebbe) has been chosen as the host city. It will be the first time a competitive chess event is held outside Kampala.

“The festive season is busy with several functions. The Entebbe venue is ideal for chess events during this season.” Said UCF president Emmanuel Mwaka when asked why Entebbe has been selected as the venue.

At Country Lake Resort, Garuga, Ugandan youngsters will gauge their strength against fellow juniors from the continent starting 28 December to 6 January 2018.

Eyes on Nansubuga

Attention will particularly be put on 17-year-old Gloria Nansubuga and 11-year-old Maria Nakanyike.

Nansubuga attained a Woman Fide Master title after wowing the world with her exceptional and enviable displays at the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, last month.

The latter on the other hand was unmatched the last time she faced opposition from the continent, and that was last year at the African Schools Individual Championships in Zimbabwe.

The rated 1361 announced herself to the continent in style, crushing all that crossed her way. It was a display that earned her the Woman Candidate Master title.

It is without a doubt that the spotlight will be on those two as Uganda hosts its second continental competition in three years.

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