Surprise package Raphael Buti, who remained unbeaten in the first round of the Olympiad qualifiers, hopes to extend his winning streak in this weekend’s phase at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Rubaga.
Buti picked up four points in the last round and has been the revelation thus far.
The qualifiers, which will run until April 30, will feature a total of eight rounds with the top 12 finishers out of the 31 participants in the men’s wing proceeding to the third and final round robin phase due May 1-4.
“These games are not a joke,” said Buti. “I pray I am able to pull off another surprise and make the national team for the first time.”
Only four top finishers will be picked to join already qualified International Master Elijah Emojong after the final phase.
In the ladies category, Olympiad Grace Kigeni will encounter Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Ivy Amoko. Both finished joint first with 3.5 points last weekend.
Joyce Kabengano, Robina Namwanje, WCM Phiona Mutesi, Olympiad Goretti Angolikin, Stella Babirye, Joan Nakimuli and Shakira Ampeirwe are also eyeing the five slots at stake on the ladies side.