Olympian Emmanuel Mwaka spurred Kireka Chess Club to a 3-1 victory over King Slayers to register one of the biggest upsets in the national league this season. Mwaka defeated Slayers' experienced player Pius Mwenganisa to lead Kireka's onslaught in the fifth round match played last Sunday.
Mwaka, 23, is one of the youngest players on the six-man team to represent Uganda at the World Olympiad event due in Slovenia next month. It will be his debut at the prestigious annual competition. His club mates Isaac Tumusime and Michael Wesonga collected Kireka's other two points from the match after beating Alex Luzigula and Vianney Luggya (Slayers) respectively. Ex-Olympian Stephen Kisuze picked up Slayers' consolation win when he beat Joseph Serwadda. The win is a good recovery for Kireka who lost (1-3) to UCBL in the fourth round a fortnight ago.
In the other fifth round matches played Sunday, newcomers Jinja thrashed Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) 4-0 at Nakawa for another shock weekend result. Defending champions Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) outclassed Bombo 4-0 to go five rounds unbeaten and remain clear favourites for a 4th consecutive title. The star-studded champions had Olympians Grace Nsubuga, Stephen Kawuma, Ignatius Wanderema and Stephen Opio win their pairings easily. Mengo celebrated a 2-2 draw with deputy champions UCBL while Bob Bibasa, the 2001 Chess Player of Year spurred Luzira CC to a 2½-1½ win over Mulago.
The league continues this Sunday with sixth round matches.
Posted by The Chess Drum: 10 September 2002