From April 29th to May 1st, the SOM Chess Academy hosted the much-anticipated Easter Open Chess Tournament, showcasing a display of strategic determination. The event drew participants from across East Africa, including Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Rwanda. The SOM easter tournament not only celebrated the spirit of competition but also highlighted the transformative power of chess in shaping young minds and fostering a sense of community.

Winners of the Easter Open

In the open category, Egesa Emmanuel emerged victorious after a battle of intellect with an impressive score of 7/8 Emmanuel outmaneuvering Gong Thon Gong from South Sudan in a captivating final round. His strategic brilliance and focus throughout the tournament were commendable, earning him the well-deserved title of champion.

Mr. Katende Robert awards Egesa Emmanuel
Kawuma Patricia receiving trophies

Following closely behind in the open category was Kawuma Patrick, whose performance earned him the runner-up position. Not to be overshadowed, Nsubuga Haruna demonstrated remarkable skill to clinch the third spot, further solidifying Uganda’s dominance in the tournament’s top ranks.

Mr. Katende Robert awards FM Kawuma Patrick
Mr. Katende Robert FM Nsubuga Haruna receives his award

Kawuma Patricia emerged as the undisputed champion in the fiercely contested ladies’ category, showcasing her formidable talent and determination. Takali Milly secured the second position with her impressive gameplay, while Ampaire Shakira’s skillful maneuvers earned her the third spot on the podium.

Shakira being awarded by the VP
Milly being awarded by the VP

The Easter Open Chess Tournament served as a platform for competitive excellence and also portrayed SOM Chess Academy’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders. The academy firmly believes in the transformative power of chess, providing young enthusiasts with access to life coaches, scholarship opportunities, and a supportive community that fosters holistic development

Amidst the intense competition, the tournament welcomed esteemed visitors from the United States, Mr. Scott and Ms. Kavyashree, who lauded the event’s impact on youth development and community engagement. Their presence served as a testament to the global resonance of chess and its ability to transcend cultural boundaries.

Ms. Kavyashree
Mr. Scott

Furthermore, the tournament honored Mbaziira Wasswa Sharif as the best differently-abled player. His remarkable achievement symbolizes the inclusive ethos of chess, where individuals of all abilities are welcomed and celebrated.

As the curtains close on yet another successful edition of the Easter Open Chess Tournament, the legacy of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and intellectual pursuit continues to thrive. Through the strategic maneuvers and decisive victories witnessed on the chessboard, With each move, #One Move at Time#

Vice President Uganda Chess Federation Otim Isaac
Eng Kaamu being awarded best veteran
Katende Robert
Muke awards best junior Shafiq

The writer credit: Samuel Were

Photo credit: Mukuye Ivan

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