After Kantinti Memorial Open Kawuma Puts Focus on Olympiad Qualification

After winning the Kantinti Memorial Open over the weekend Patrick Kawuma now eyes qualification for the 2020 Moscow, Russia Olympiad qualifier.

Shadrack Kantinti was an 8-time record Olympian for Uganda who passed on last year in June.

In remembrance of the national team player, the Uganda Chess Federation staged a maiden edition of the Kantinti Memorial Open Rated chess Tournament to honor the fallen hero. After winning this tournament Patrick Kawuma told this reporter that his focus is now to qualify for this year’s championship in Russia.

The three day chess championship kicked off on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February at Nob View Hotel, Ntinda attracting over 100 participants.

This event was the 4th Grand Prix circuit event and 2nd last to 2020 Moscow, Russia Olympiad qualifier.

Fide Master Patrick Kawuma’s display in the inaugural edition increased his chances of qualifying for 2020 Olympiad in Moscow.

Kawuma, who was busy downing his challengers one by one dominated the from start to finish, thrashing six of his Seven opponents that came his way and drew once.

The rated 2319 crowned the event perfectly, triumphing over in the final round to win the open perfectly and march home with Shs 500,000 as prize money.


He defeated Kizito Kangave and Kikonyogo John on the first day, however, failed to go past Ssali Julius as both had a tie break in the first round of day two.

Kawuma, nevertheless, won the final four games against Musasizi Emmanuel, Nsubuga Haruna, Bibasa Bob, and Kamoga Rajab to accumulate six points winning the men’s category and finishing as the overall winner.

”I’m so happy that we have had a memorial event in remembrance of our benchmark Kantinti who was an eight-time Olympiad. I’m so happy that I have won the maiden championship and it will motivate me towards more upcoming championships,” he said.

Nsubuga Ritah won the ladies category by winning four out of seven games with one draw collecting 5.5 points and pocketing Shs.200, 000 as prize money.

”I have won the tournament because of confidence and love for  what I was doing. I played this event in loving memory of Kantinti who was my mentor and want to dedicate my victory to him,” she said.

Veteran Kikonyogo John won the 50 years and above category. He collected 4.5 points from seven games beating Kaam Joseph (4) and Francis Obiter (0.5) respectively.

Aaron Ssozi won the U10 category with 2 points while Ajiri Nygaard collected the same number of points to win the U12 category.

Sewanyana Bruno triumphed in the U14 category gathering three points while Nyombi Heyden beat competition from Simbwa Dylan to win the U16 category by one point.

Next on the agenda is the Uganda Open chess championship slated for 6th-8th March 2020 at Xanadu Collection All suites Hotel.

All winners

Best Male

Kawuma Patrick (6.5 points)

Bibasa Bob (5.5 points)

Kalugo George William

Best Female

Nsubuga Ritah (4.5 points)

WCM Ampaire Shakira (4 points)

Mugide Safina (4 points)

U16 Category

Nyombi Heyden (2 points)

Simbwa Dylan (1 point)

U14 Category

Sewanyana Bruno (3 points)

Regboda William (2 points)

Matovu Ronald (2 points)

U12 Category

Ajiri Nygaard (2 points)

Semanda Manuel (1.5 points)

Byamukama Joel Agira (0.5 points)

U10 Category

Aaron Ssozi (2 points)

Muhumuza Elijah (2 points)

Byamukama Jayden Ariho (1.5 points)

Age S50 (Seniors of 50 Years plus)

Kikonyogo John (4.5 points)

Kaamu Joseph (4 points)

Obiter Francis (0.5 points)






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