Uganda’s Moses Kawuma has been awarded the title of FIDE Master based on the strength of his Olympiad result. Kawuma scored 9/10 in the 2008 Olympiad to tally the highest win percentage in the open section. The Ugandan team had to forfeit two boards due to visa problems and both Moses and Stephen Kawuma performed admirably.
Shadrack Kantinti played the final two rounds after clearing visa problems. The earning of the title provides some solace from a tournament mired in controversy. The London-based brothers were in Uganda competing in the Mulago Open which Moses dutifully won.
Moses Kawuma (near right) playing against British Virgin Island’s Christopher Art. Kawuma scored 9/10 for the highest winning percentage in the open section. Stephen Kawuma plays the legendary Bill Hook. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.