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Uganda report 11 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

Africa has a new grandmaster ! IM Abdelrahman Hesham drew with IM Daniel Cawdery to secure seven out of nine points and end sole first. In terms of the regulations of FIDE this secures him an outright grandmaster title. The title will be automatically conferred and ratified at the FIDE Congress. This means that Egypt […]

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Uganda report 10 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

The business end of the event is upon us. On board one the young Egyptian IM Abdelrahman Hesham beat FM Andrew Kayonde. The pressure was clearly upon both players as a win for either would virtually assure them of a Grandmaster title. Kayonde lost on time in a difficult position. Hesham is a young man […]

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Uganda report 9 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

Today I will start off with some matters that have been occupying my mind! The chess clock we are using here in Uganda is a brand new chess clock. We are using 40 moves in ninety but the interesting thing is that the clock only shows that you have the extra thirty minutes when your […]

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Uganda report 8 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

The evening round produced one of the greatest upsets when FM Andrew Kayonde sensationally beat GM Adly. The rating difference between the two players is 203 points as GM Adly is 2607!. I didn’t see much of the game but I am sure you will learn much from the game. Kayonde now goes into the […]

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Uganda Report 7 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

Wow what a day ! We had a double round today and boy was it exhausting! There are still games in session so I will concentrate on the morning round for this report. In the women section WGM Wafa beat her sister WIM Wafa. The WGM now has five straight wins which is fantastic. She […]

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Observations by Dr Lyndon Bouah

This past month has heralded in the start of a feverishly busy South African Chess scene. At the end of June the Fasu championships was held in Johannesburg. Edwin Wyngaardt the president of Ussa Chess deserves a round of applause for agreeing to host this event. Well done to Micheal James and Lauren Van Niekerk […]

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Uganda Report 6 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

By tradition and in terms of history Uganda is a land of kingdoms whose origins and unique customs date back many centuries. Those monarchs who head these kingdoms are very much revered wield significant influence politically and culturally within Ugandan society. There are four traditional kingdoms and these enjoy some degree of cultural autonomy. These […]

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Uganda Report 5 by Dr Lyndon Bouah

This morning the round started at nine am which is a fairly early start for chess players. The reason for this was to fit in a double round to allow a rest day tomorrow. In the Women’s section WGM Wafa beat WIM Latreche. On board two Anzel drew with WIM Wafa. It seemed that Anzel […]

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Uganda Report 3 by Dr Lyndon Bouah 

In his book, My African Journey, published in 1908, Winston Churchill wrote, “The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. You climb up, and at the end there is a wonderful new world. The scenery is different , the vegetation is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from […]

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