Haruna Nsubuga attained a Fide Master (FM) title at the just concluded Africa Zone 4.2 Chess Championship in Cairo, Egypt.
Nsubuga (2125) garnered 4.5 points from nine rounds to become Uganda’s fifth FM.
He put up a splendid display in the last round beating lower-rated Ruteremara Thetime (1717) from Rwanda.
“His performance in the tournament is a good indication about our players,” the Uganda Chess Federation president, Vianney Luggya told Daily Monitor. “Given the opportunity to play at major competitions, many more Uganda players would earn FIDE titles because of the talents in the country.”
In other games, the 24 year-old defeated Egyptian’s Hatem Eldesoky (2297), Hemed Mlawa from Tanzania and Burundi’s Ntamatungiro Wilfried.
However, he also suffered serious reverse against unrated Moses Andiwoh from Kenya, IM Ezat Mohammed (2465), Hashem Abuldraham (2358) and Grandmaster Amin Baseem respectively and fell for a hard fought draw with Amin Ashraf all from Egypt.
Bassem, who is a super GM, finished top in the open section with 8.5 points to win shs3.6m (Euro 1000)ash prize. He was the highest rated player in the competition with a rating of 2626.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Uganda’s Joy Kabengano missed the chance of earning the Woman International Master (WIM) title after finishing bottom second with two points behind her competitors from Egypt, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania. Wafa Shrook from Egypt won the ladies section to bag shs2.7m (Euro 750).
The Zonal is also qualification event for the 2015 African Chess Confederation Grand Prix Circuit hence the winners in each section qualify.
The tournament attracted six nations from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and hosts Egypt.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor