Mukumbya Eyes Top World Chess Ranking

view geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Unrated Mukumbya, check has managed to beat Belgium’s Harutyunyan Axel (rated 1811), price UAE’s Al Zarooni Ahmed (rated 1723) and drawn with Bolivia’s Candidate Master Arias Pablo (rated 2084) and Chinese Taipe’s Rey Huting (rated 1562).

He has, however, lost to much more fancied opposition in IM Martinez Romero Martin of Colombia (2381), Atanasov Anatoli of Bulgaria (2041), Gstach Jakob of Australia (2227) and FM El Jawich Amro of Lebanon (2156).

That puts the Ugandan on three points out of a possible eight.

With this performance, Mukumbya is on course to attaining his first international rating.

He is now scheduled to play against Norway’s Jacobsen Fredrik Beer (rated 1966) in the ninth round to be played on Boxing Day.


A total of 11 rounds are to be played in the event that started on December 18, and will end on December 29, 2013.

Mukumbya is playing in the Open Under 18 age category which is the toughest category at the event featuring a host of young and lethal Grandmasters, International Masters and FIDE Masters.

The other competitions are the Under 16, Under 14, Under 12, Under 10 and Under 8 age categories for boys and girls.

Mukumbya’s results are quite commendable considering that this is his first major international tournament and the fact that he is up against more experienced and talented youngsters.

The exposure and experience he is gaining from participating in such a high profile event is invaluable for his future progress in Chess.

The event features more than 1,800 players from 120 countries.

Off the board, Mukumbya is in very high spirits, fired up and raring for more action.

He has been exposed to some of the most modern training methods in preparation for his opponents and is enjoying every bit of it.

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