The 44th Chess Olympiad ongoing in Chennai, India is on day 6 of action and team Uganda (Men) isn’t doing bad at all.
The men who opened the tournament in brilliant fashion when they comprehensively beat Equatorial Guinea 4-0 also added two victories in the subsequent rounds.
Uganda had followed their first-round win with a loss to a strong Canada side in the second round, but they responded well in the third round with another 4-0 victory over Sao Tome and Principe.
And despite defeat to Portugal, they were able to once again bounce back against Oman.
FM Harold Wanyama who also doubles as the national team coach and youngster Emmanuel Egesa has been the most impressive for team Uganda in the Open category.
Wanyama playing on board one has registered 3 wins out of the possible five while Egesa has not lost a game. The youngster has won two and drawn one.
The trio of FM Patrick Kawuma, FM Haruna Nsubuga and Walter Okas have two wins each.
In general, Uganda has thus far recorded three wins in five games in the Open category.
In the Women’s category, the ladies have so far two wins in the bag. Those victories came against Eswatini and Cyprus in the second and fourth rounds respectively.
The three losses the ladies endured came against Cuba, Malaysia and Algeria.
Peninah Nakabo is the team’s top performer in this section with two wins. She’s lost as many and drawn one.
Shakira Ampaire hasn’t won a game but has two draws. She’s lost two as well.
WFM Gloria Nansubuga has lost two, won one and drawn as many. Takali Milley, out of the three games she’s played, she’s won two and lost the other. 15-year-old Patricia Kawuma is yet to taste victory as she’s lost all her games.
Uganda’s opponent next in the Open category is Latvia in the sixth round and Trinidad and Tobago in the Women category.