Uganda Resurrects At World Chess Olympiad

Uganda’s male team walloped Ethiopia 4-0 in the fifth round of the World Chess Olympiad played in Tromso, Norway on Wednesday 6th August 2014.

Uganda's Elijah Emojong takes on Nigel Short at the World Chess Olympiad played in Tromso, Norway
Uganda’s Elijah Emojong (R) takes on Nigel Short at the World Chess Olympiad played in Tromso, Norway

IM Elijah Emojong, CM Patrick Kawuma, Arthur Ssegwanyi and FM Harold Wanyama were in scintillating form as they beat Ethiopia’s Mesfin Leykun (2131), Tadese Estube Haileselassie (1952), FM Belachew Yimam Abera (2194) and Altaye Girum Teklewold (1960) respectively.

The Ugandan ladies also had a fine run-out drawing 2-2 with Netherlands Antilles in a match they could have won. WCM Ivy AMoko and WCM Phiona Mutesi triumphed against Salim-Moussa Arzy Zahia and WCM Salim-Moussa Seydi as Goretti Angolikin and Grace Kigeni lost to WFM Diaz Maria (rated 2029) and Mena Alien Oriana.

Uganda earlier suffered three serious defeats, with both the teams, open and women, losing to Ireland and South Africa 0.5-3.5 and 1-3 apiece in the fourth games played on Tuesday.

Thursday 7th August 2014 was rest day with the Olympiad resuming with sixth round games on Friday 8th August 2014. The Ugandan ladies will up against Sudan as the men take on Yemen in an interesting tie.

The event, which ends on August 14, has attracted over 2,200 players from 170 nations. Armenia and Russia are the defending champions in the open and women sections respectively.

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