Big upsets dominate Olympiad qualifiers

Little-known Raphael Buti remained unbeaten in the second phase of the Olympiad qualifiers after battling out four grueling rounds against Uganda’s top chess aces. Buti hammered Uganda’s national coach Bob Bibasa, Dennis Kibuuka, Richard Tugume and Olympiad Farouk Fauza to raise his hopes of joining the national team and represent the country in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway slated for August 1-15.

Closely trailing the leader is veteran Grace Daniel Nsubuga with 3.5 points and perennial contenders Arthur Ssegwanyi and Fide Master Harold Wanyama with three points apiece.Buti is now scheduled to take on Nsubuga in the fifth round due next weekend whereas Ssegwanyi will take on Wanyama.

The men’s Qualifiers will feature a total of eight rounds with the top 12 finishers out of the 31 participants in the second phase proceeding to the third and final round robin phase due May 1-4. After the final phase, only four top players will be picked to join already qualified IM Elijah Emojong on the National team.

In the ladies category, Olympiad Grace Kigeni is the joint lead with fellow Olympiad Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Ivy Amoko with 3.5 points each out of a possible four. Kigeni beat Joyce Kabengano, Robina Namwanje and WCM Phiona Mutesi but drew with fellow Olympiad Goretti Angolikin. Amoko on the other hand defeated Stella Babirye, Joan Nakimuli and Shakira Ampeirwe. She drew with Gloria Nansubuga.


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