14:32, Thursday, 16th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open Chess Championships will take place at the St Juliana Conference Center in Manzini from 24 - 26 November. It will include both a 6 round open swiss tournament at classical time controls and a 7 round blitz event. It offers a prize pool of R 23,000 across the various sections.

The event is expected to attract a number of top players from across Southern Africa. Both the open and the blitz events will be rated by both FIDE and the URS.

Full details of the event including round times and registration information is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Swazi%20Open%20-%20T...

Dorm style accommodation is available on-site from R130 per person sharing per night and there is also accommodation in a nearby hotel with rates starting from R225 per person sharing per night (breakfast included).

Players wishing to register and secure accommodation in Manzini are asked to contact Mr Melo Mdluli or FA Dumsane Msibi. Contact details for are contained in the tournament brochure.

We wish all players the best of luck for the event.

13:56, Thursday, 16th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open Chess Championship will feature a 6 round open swiss classical tournament and a 7 round blitz event. Both will be rated by FIDE and the URS.

Time controls is 65/65 + 30 seconds increments per move for the Open Section and and 5 minutes per player for the blitz.

There is also a development section for local players from within Swaziland.

Full details including registration information is available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Swazi%20Open%20-%20T...

07:25, Tuesday, 14th November, 2017

The 2017 Tanzania Open will be the next event on the KCF Africa calendar and this tournament will again be held at the Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

This popular event in now in its third year and has fast established itself as a regular feature on the KCF calendar.
IM Arthur Ssegwanyi won the 2016 edition tournament on tie-break ahead of IM Elijah Emojong and Kela Siame from Zambia.

This years event has already attracted entrants from Spain, Denmark, Zambia. Kenya and Uganda and has been expanded to run over 8 rounds and 4 days. It will also feature a one day junior event for the first time this year.

Full details are available at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Tanzania%20Open%20Po... and the players list can be accessed at
http://chess-results.com/tnr311370.aspx?lan=1&flag=30&wi=821&turdet=YES

Players wishing to register are asked to contact Mr Nurdin Hassuji or FA Duke Machieka in order to enter and arrange local accommodation as required.

14:34, Monday, 13th November, 2017

The 2017 Uganda Open ended yesterday evening with a resounding victory for FM Patrick Kawuma who scored a perfect 8/8 to win the tournament by a full point. For his efforts, Patrick recorded a tournament performance over 2700(!) and pocketed the first prize of 1,5 million Ugandan Shillings (+- USD 410).

He was chased all the way by Deng Rehan from South Sudan whose last round victory over IM Elijah Emojong meant that he had beaten the top two ranked players in East Africa in the same tournament. His silver medal earned him a massive 162 rating points and will no doubt see him establish himself as a serious contender for future East African tournaments as well.

UCF President Emmanuel Mwaka proved that he should also be taken seriously over the board and ended in a very impressive 3rd place. His effort was even more commendable given that he was heavily involved in the running and hosting the tournament at the same time as attempting to play!

The ladies race also saw an exciting new face as local player Shakira Ampaire recorded a 1900+ tournament performance on her way to securing a total of 5 points. Her impressive tournament saw her defeating two 1800 level players in the final two rounds and this was enough to edge out WFM Ivy Amoko (4.5 points) and secure the 2017 ladies title.

A tightly contested U1600 tournament saw both the round 7 leaders stumble at the last hurdle. This resulted in a 3 way tie at the top between Jimmy Sserwadda, Johnson Mugyenyi and Huzaifa Junju. Jimmy edged the title of u1600 champion on tie-break.

Impressive performances in the U1600 section were also recorded by Edwin Pido and Vincent Buwule amongst the juniors and by Brendah Kyaterekera who ended as the highest placed girl in the u1600 section.

KCF Africa would like to thank the entire team at the Uganda Chess Federation for their sterling effort which has seen 9 new players secure their first FIDE ratings from the tournament. A further 15 players made partial results at the tournament and should secure ratings in their next FIDE rated event. We also wish to thank Mr Brian Kidula for the use of the DGT boards as well as Mr Eastmond Mwenda for providing the great photos throughout the tournament.

Final standings as well as the games from the tournament are now available for download at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1

12:24, Sunday, 12th November, 2017

The Ugandan Open has reached the final round and FM Patrick Kawuma has put in a dominant performance to all but secure the title with a round to spare. Patrick's perfect 7/7 sees him needing only a draw with the white pieces in his final round game against Rajab Kamoga to secure the tournament victory.

A number of strong players are still in the fight for second place and the board 2 game between IM Elijah Emojong and Deng Rehan from South Sudan will likely be pivotal in deciding the final standings. Mattius Ssonko, IM Arthur Ssegwanyi, CM Bob Bimbasa and UCF President Emmanuel Mwaka are all still in the hunt however and any one of this group could still end up on the podium this evening.

On the ladies side, WFM Ivy Amoko and WFM Christine Namaganda have both scored 3.5/7 to date and they enter the final round tied in the race for the title of ladies champion.

The U1600 section sees Victor Kanyike and Eugene Mafabi tied at teh top with 6.5/7 each and both will be keen to win their final games to try secure the title in this section.

The pairings for the final round are now published at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=8&turdet=YES&flag...

All pictures are once again supplied from the venue by Mr Eastmond Mwenda.

07:23, Saturday, 11th November, 2017

Day 2 at the Ugandan Open saw a number of major upsets which have now set up the event for an exciting weekend.

IM Arthur Ssegwanyi was the most notable casualty and he finds himself 1.5 points off the pace after falling to CM Deng Rehan from South Sudan in round number 4.

Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya all still have players at the top of the table as 4 players found themselves on full score at the end of the second days play.

Round 5 sees James Panchol (KEN) vs FM Patrick Kawuma (UGA) on board 1. The board 2 clash will feature Shadrack Kantinti (UGA) against the giant killer CM Deng Rehan.

Games from the top 5 boards will again be live on the FollowChess Mobile Application. Latest results and standings are also available at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1

All photos from the tournament are once again provided courtesy of Eastmond Mwanda and we thank him for helping us to share some of the moments and players from the second days play.

07:51, Friday, 10th November, 2017

Day 1 of the Uganda Open ended with a major upset on board 2 as Kenya's Solomon Lubega defeated IM Elijah Emojong of Uganda with the black pieces. 7th seed Simon Gonza and 8th seed CM Bob Bimbasa were also held to draws as games started getting tougher on the top boards.

Round 3 is now under way and the live broadcast is up and running as hoped. Games can be followed live on the FollowChess Mobile application and on the FollowChess website at http://live.followchess.com/#!uganda-open-2017

The live games from Round 3 feature the following players on the top 5 boards:
1 Katula Frobisha vs IM Arthur Ssegwanyi
2 Patrick Ojok vs FM Patrick Kawuma
3 James Panchol vs FM Harold Wanyama
4 CM Deng Rehan vs FM Haruna Nsubuga
5 Fred Migabo vs David Maluak

The rest of the round 3 pairings and day 1 results are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=2&turdet=NO&flag=...

The day 1 photos in this report are from Mr Eastmond Mwenda, one of the tournament participants from Kenya. The broadcast is being provided courtesy of Terrian Chess Academy.

16:49, Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Day 1 of the Uganda Open has progressed well and round 2 is currently under way. The playing hall is filled to capacity with more than 200 players participating between the two fields.

There were few major surprises in the first round and all the main favorites have progressed smoothly to date.

A pleasant surprise was the arrival of 5 DGT boards from Terrain Chess Academy in Kenya and live games will hopefully be available from round 3 once the required set-up can be completed overnight.

Round 2 pairings from the open event are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=2&turdet=YES&flag...

Round 2 pairings for the U1600 event can be found at http://chess-results.com/tnr311777.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=2&turdet=YES&flag...

It is already clear that the event is going to be hard fought and KCF would like to congratulate the Ugandan Chess Federation on the excellent turnout for the tournament. We look forward to following the games over the course of the next 3 days.

19:40, Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

The 2017 Uganda Open gets under way at Forrest Cottages tomorrow morning. The event is set to attract well over 200 players and has been split into a FIDE Rated Open and an U/1600 section in order to accommodate the large entry.

The top seed is IM Arthur Ssegwanyi from Uganda who comes in boasting an impressive 2373 FIDE ELO. He is followed by IM Elijah Emojong as well as 3 FM's rated above 2200+.

With 16 players over 2000 in the field the competition is likely to be tough from the early rounds and upsets can no doubt be expected in the early going. The tournament is also expected to see a large number of local Ugandan players securing their first FIDE ratings and KCF would like to wish the 50+ players who find themselves in this position the best of luck for the event.

The round 1 draw is now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&turdet=YES&... and results and pairings will be available at this link as the tournament unfolds. There are currently 6 countries represented in the open including fairly large contingents from both Kenya and South Sudan.

The organizers hope to be able to broadcast games from the top boards at some stage during the tournament and we look forward to being able to provide the links as soon as these are available.

We wish all players the best of luck for the tournament.

16:16, Friday, 3rd November, 2017

The 2017 Uganda Open is the next event on the KCF Africa tournament calendar and entries have now topped 100.

The official hotel for the tournament will be the Legacy Courts which is located within walking distance of the tournament venue which is Forest Cottages in Kampala. Players who want further details of the available rooms can view them at
http://www.legacycourts.com/

Any foreign based players who require accommodation are asked to contact the Tournament Director, Mr Emmanuel Mwaka. He will assist players to secure rooms according to their budget requirements.

The latest players list is now posted at
http://chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1. The players list will be updated regularly in the lead up to the tournament next week.

Players that still wish to play are asked to register online as soon as possible at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9B4gOhbKqTD0PnHYRYuY7WLBLSWVo...

The full event brochure can also be downloaded at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2017%20Uganda%20Open%20Ches... for anyone wanting further information on the event

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