Uganda’s Benjamin Mukumbya will be among the top contenders in the Africa Junior Chess Championship starting today in Saurimo, Angola.
The tournament, climaxing on December 12, has attracted participants from 13 African countries.
Egyptian Fide Masters Fawzy Adham rated 2223 and Fayan Mohamed (2180) are some of the tough opponents that Mukumbya will encounter in the open category.
Grandmaster Mona Khaled (2121) also from Egypt is the only woman that has entered in the open section.
“I believe in my endgame techniques,” Mukumbya said recently. “I am not going to let my opponents impose their style of game.”
Mukumbya, 18, is currently ranked 15th in Africa by the World Chess Federation, a rank he achieved after his participation in the 2013 World Youth Chess Championship in UAE.
Since then, he has won nearly every event he has played in including the 2014 National Junior Championships. Stella Babirye, the defending national junior champion, will be Uganda’s only representative in the women’s category.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor