Archive for the 'Uganda' Category

Sharif Waswa Mbaziira beams during the 2018 World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Photo by Dora Martinez Chess is seen as a rather quiet game, but its beauty attracts millions of adherents far and wide. The game has traversed the entire globe as an enjoyable pastime and it has […]

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About 14 years ago, a little girl in Katwe, Uganda followed her older brother who was increasingly occupied with an activity after school. After seeing him disappear inside of a building, she wandered inside and found the Sports Outreach Institute, a sports club where there was a chess club meeting being held. Little did she […]

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Jessica Wamala Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire Education: B.A. Villanova University (2013), M.A. Villanova (2014), MPhil Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford (2016) Peak Chess Rating: 1790 (USCF) Chess Accolades: Massachusetts Junior High co-champ, U.S. Open “C” champion Activities: Phi Beta Kappa (honor society), Rhodes Scholar, Villanova varsity women’s basketball, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Upsilon […]

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Five years ago, a book was released titled, “Queen of Katwe.” The book, written by Tim Crothers, received rave reviews. It highlighted the life of a 9-year old Ugandan girl who became enthralled with chess after following her brother to a club meeting. For others it would become a way for a meal, but for […]

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FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)Photo by Kim Bhari In a story out of Uganda, FM Harold Wanyama has retired from competitive chess after a 10-year stint that included appearances on the Olympiad team, national tournament prominence and stellar play in the club leagues. He mentioned as part of his highlights his experience in the Istanbul and […]

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At the 42nd Olympiad last month 1,583 players from around the world assembled in Baku, Azerbaijan to compete in the marquee tournament of they year. Players donned their colors and beautiful cultural garments bringing with them the history and pride of their chess communities. At the Olympiad there are so many stories that we never […]

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Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America. With the emergence of Asian […]

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Lupita Nyong’o speaks at a Disney promotion for the movie.Back in 2014, an announcement was made that Lupita Nyong’o, would be playing Phiona Mutesi in an adaptation of the book, “Queen of Katwe.” Nyong’o won an Academy Award for her stunning portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years as a Slave.” This film has a tremendous […]

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African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get them needed experience for growing […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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Phiona Mutesi at the Women in the World Conference. (Wikipedia) A very interesting interview with Phiona Mutesi has been produced by NTV Uganda. This fascinating 41-minute video is serving as the precursor to the upcoming movie based on the biopic “Queen of Katwe“. The movie will star Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. The host of […]

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Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda. The World Cup is currently moving into the sixth round and the elite Grandmasters are among the last four players standing, but of course there are always a number of interesting stories that surface. This one comes out of Uganda and this time the subject is not Phiona Mutesi. An unheralded […]

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Uganda’s Harold Wanyama (right) beat his compatriot and top-seed IM Elijah Emojong in an important 5th round encounter. He went on to win his last three games to take the first of three qualifying tournaments in Africa. Photo by Kasparov Chess Foundation. The first of the three satellite tournaments in Africa took place in Nairobi, […]

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Chess Kenya and the Ethiopian Chess Federation recently held a tournament in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia to foster a better sense of cooperation in the region. Bordering Kenya on the northeast, a Kenyan delegation traveled to partake in the festival at the same time the country was celebrating the 40th Year Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). […]

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FM Harold Wanyama’s great start of 7 wins in the first 7 rounds enabled him to win the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship that ended on Sunday 18 January 2015 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga, Kampala. For his exploits, the winner walked off with a prestigious trophy and a cash prize of one million […]

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A couple of years back, a very important book was released about a girl from a poor African village. Her name was “Phiona”… from one of the poorest continents, poorest countries, poorest city and… a girl. It was a gripping story which showed how difficult life can be for some in African villages. Phiona’s life […]

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Mira Nair, a highly-acclaimed, Indian-born director, will be producing a film adaptation of Tim Crothers’ book “The Queen of Katwe“. This book was a gripping story about Phiona Mutesi who hails from one of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The very vivid account shows how the Ugandan girl from abject poverty found chess and […]

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KAWUMA LEADS AS OLYMPIAD TEAM IS DETERMINED Patrick Kawuma CM Patrick Kawuma excelled to lead with 8.5 points out of 11 as he was joined by FM Harold Wanyama (8 points), debutante Mathias Ssonko (7.5 points) and Arthur Ssegwanyi (7.5 points) to form Uganda’s National Chess team that will also have IM Elijah Emojong. The […]

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Ivy Amoko There was a brief interview of Uganda’s Ivy Amoko who will lead her team to Tromso, Norway to compete in the Chess Olympiad. In the last Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, she earned the title of Woman Candidate Master (WCM) and is the reigning National Ladies Champion. Her interview covered a wide range of […]

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