Emojong Wins Mombasa Open Chess Title

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Ugandan International Master IM Elijah Emojong has won the 2016 Mombasa Chess Open after defeating his closest challenger Fide Master FM Harold Wanyama in a tie-break on Sunday.

Ugandan International Master (IM) Elijah Emojong has won the 2016 Mombasa Chess Open after defeating his closest challenger Fide Master (FM) Harold Wanyama in a tie-break on Sunday.

The Mombasa Open was held in Mombasa, Kenya last weekend. Emojong remained focused throughout the tournament to finish unbeaten in the Open category which had a total of 50 players.


He won the tournament with 6.5 points out of seven games and in the end had a better tie-break than FM Wanyama, who also finished with 6.5/7 points. On top of the title the Ugandan IM also bagged shs0.8m as cash prize.


Emojong entered the championship with the highest rating of 2327 followed by Wanyama with a rating of 2272.  In earlier rounds, he defeated Kenyan players Kevin Acham (1593), Brian Toboso (1819), Candidate Master John Mukabi (1936), FM Stephen Ouma (2005) and Phillip Singe (1918). He also trounced his Ugandan counterpart, Mathias Ssonko who won the Mombasa title in 2014.


However, in the fifth round game he was forced to settle for a draw by Wanyama in the 45th move.


Team Uganda was also represented by WFM Christine Namaganda (1584), Rogers Ntambi (1899), Edgar Ntende (2092), Joshua Katumba and Thomas Katairo, who both entered the event as unrated players. WFM Namaganda, the only female player for team Uganda, finished in the ninth place with 4.5 points while Katumba, Ntambi, Ntende and Katairo settled in the 14th, 15th, 20th and 22nd positions with four points apiece.


The Mombasa Chess Open is a FIDE rated event which is usually organized annually with an aim of improving the rating points of participating chess players. A total of 50 players from Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone took part in this year's event.