Tuesday May 27 2014

Two Ugandans selected to officiate 2014 Chess Olympiad

By Jacinta Odongo


International Arbiter Stephen Kisuze and Fide Arbiter Chris Turyahabwe have been selected to arbitrate in the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.

The two were named on a list of arbiters that was published over the weekend by the World chess governing body (Fide) website.
Kisuze has already had the experience in officiating the games at this level having been the first ever Ugandan to arbitrate at an Olympiad at the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.

He has in the past handled a number of local and international Fide rated events including the Africa Individual Chess Championship in Maputo, Mozambique, Fide rated events in Tanzania, Kenya, Togo and Turkey.

“We are very proud since Uganda will be one of the privileged countries to present more than one Arbiter at the world’s biggest stage,” said the Uganda Chess Federation President, Vianney Luggya. “This is a historic milestone which construes a vote of confidence in the ability of our personnel.”

Turyahabwe, on the other hand, will be getting his first shot at this level. However, he has officiated most of the recent local Fide rated events including the Regional Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship, Kawuma Open, National Chess Championship 2014 and the 2014 East Africa Open Chess Championship held in Kenya.

Ugandan Chess has made giant strides with the number of Fide rated tournaments hosted in the country rising, which has given players and officials the necessary exposure and confidence.

South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Zambia are the only four African countries that will each have two Arbiters at the Chess Olympiad due August 1-15.