The New Vision Rapid chess championship promises a close contest between title holder Bob Bibasa and his old rivals enjoying good form. Bibasa, aware of the challenge, has devoted extra time in training ahead of the weekend bonanza.
The 10-round swiss event is due at Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Nakawa.
Over 100 players will battle for the open, ladies, the boys' and girls' under 15 honours. The annual event is sponsored by Uganda's leading daily, The New Vision.
Bibasa will have to contend with a skilled opposition that includes former junior champion Stephen Kawuma, Grace Nsubuga, Isaac Munanira and Joachim Okoth. Kenyan stars including Humphrey Andolo and Jonathan Ateka are also expected to join the fray.
On their part, the Kenyans will be out to end Ugandan players' dominance of events involving the two countries. Bibasa led his countrymen to a clean sweep of the Regional championship in Nairobi in April. Nsubuga, who lost last year's title by half a point, is back seeking better fortunes. Kawuma is another player Bibasa would not want to meet.
Posted by The Chess Drum: 12 July 2002