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This report is from New Vision, 15 January 2002 (Kampala, Uganda).

has for three years competed regularly in chess activities but with little success until Sunday when all changed, reports William Muwonge. The 19-year old won the national junior championship at seven points at Makerere College school. But the youngster, who started playing competitive chess in 1998, did not have a smooth sailing in the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) event. The S6 Katikamu SDA school student got an early scare when he lost to Hassan Mulambe in the second of the eight round event. "I met a strong rival," Fauza said. "Mulambe and Tony Magezi are players I knew would give me trouble." Magezi who finished seventh overall, went down fighting to Fauza in the eighth round. Medi Kawuma from BAT primary school retained the boy's under 13 title. Makerere University student Juliet Nakandi took the girl's under 20 title. Cathy Kenyange of Hormisdallen Kirinya school won the girl's under 13 trophy.

Sports state minister
Okello Oryem gave away awards to top performers.


Boys' under-20
F. Fauza 7 pts
H. Mulambe, B. Mpora, E. Bwanika (6 pts.)

M. Kawuma 7,
I. Iga, B. Mukuye, H. Semanda (5 pts.)

Girls' under-20
J. Nakandi 6
V. Nakakinda 4.5
C. Namaganda, F. Ndagire (4 pts.)

Under 13
C. Kenyange 8, A. Letizia 5.5, C. Nambooze 3.5

This report is from Philip Cory at New Vision (Kampala), 18 January 2002.

UGANDA Chess Federation (UCF) is set to host the NRM Chess Open from January 26 to January 27 at Uganda Industrial Research Institute at Nakawa. The federation's chairman
Daniel Nsibambi said players will be using this event "to test their brains" ahead of The New Vision International Open in March. Chess Player of The Year, Bob Bibasa, will face stiff resistance from several leading players. The event is also expected to attract junior players from around Kampala. Players expected to enter include Grace Nsubuga, Stephen Opio, Isaac Munanira, Kenneth Kakooza, Stephen Kawuma and Stephen Kisuze among others.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 20 January 2002