Steven Kawuma writes on his FM feat

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Steven Kawuma has long been thought to be the heir apparent to many Ugandan chess legends. He has represented his country in a number of tournaments including the Olympiad. In the recent African Chess Championships held in Windhoek, Namibia, the University of Makerere alumnus writes about his journey to earn the FIDE Master title. He writes in a round-by-round manner recounting his preparations, the game he played and the lessons he learned.

Kawuma penned the essay after encouragement from Issac Munanaira. Hopefully there will be more essays written about these experiences. With Amon Simutowe’s recent feat and Robert Gwaze’s winning of the continental championship, there seems to be a lot of inspiration to go around. It is also important that these experiences are documented so that we may draw lessons from them.

Read Steven Kawuma’s essay!

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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