Bunamwaya Chess Club and Nkumba University’s female and male teams will play in the 2014 National Chess League due June 8 at Hotel Africana.
The two clubs have joined the fray to make a total of 25 clubs, in what the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) president Vianney Luggya called “a move to maintain the chess league as one of the leading competitive games in the country.”
“Our focus is on player development,” said Luggya. “We need to build a connection to the club level and have a positive and constructive game. I believe we are moving forward with more clubs joining the league and we need to re-energise the community to support us.”
The teams will field a completely amateur line up of players who will face-off against chess experts from top clubs like the defending champions D’Mark Chess Club which has International Master Elijah Emojong, Olympiads Arthur Ssegwanyi, Solomon Lubega and UCF’s general secretary Chris Turyahabwe among others.
Last year, D’Mark won the event with 88.5 points while City Chess Club and Mulago Kings finished in the second and third positions at 82 and 73 points apiece.
The event, which concludes in November 9, will feature a total of 22 rounds played in a Swiss round-robin format.
DMARK Chess Club, City Chess Club Mulago Kings, Lweza Kings, Civil Aviation Authority, Mulago Knights, Sanlam Chess Club, Makindye Chess Club, Mengo Chess Club, Mulago Rooks, Mulago Overs, Kireka Chess Club, Barclays Chess Club, Mulago Queens, Entebe Knight Mares, Makerere University, Enkabi Chess Club, Mulago Pawns, MUBS Chess Club, UCU Knights, Rainbow International School and UCU Queens.