Thomas Katairo eyes national team spot

Mulago Knights’ board four player Thomas Katairo has set sights on earning a place in the national chess team.

Katairo was in good shape last season in the National Chess League as he dominated board four, emerging as the best player on the board with eight points garnered from 13 games.

While his team finished sixth in the league, The 26 year old received a gold medal for his displays on the board.

Speaking to Kawowo Sports, Katairo rated 1906 said: “My goal is to get a place in the national team, and at least get an FM (Fide Master) title. That’s my target in the next three years. Hope it comes to pass.

“My wish is to make it to the national team this year, but I know it will be hard. You know these things don’t become perfect overnight.

“I’m trying to work on my weaknesses and polish my game. I know soon I will be there.”

To achieve his dream, the fast rising player intends to compete in all the upcoming events that include among others, the Kawuma Open due April.

He said: “I will take part in all the tournaments coming up. It helps with the strength and coping up with the tension.”

The 25 seed in the country finished third behind FMs Haruna Nsubuga and Patrick Kawuma in the Zonal Qualifiers last month to qualify for the Zone 4.2 African Individual Chess Championships scheduled for this month in Ethiopia.