International Master Elijah Emojong overcame Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga in an all Ugandan affair in the second round of the Mombasa International Open at Oshwal Academy, Mombasa to take an early lead.
The two had last met at the inaugural Equity Open in Nairobi and settled for a stalemate, but the region’s No.2 seed was able to overpower his opponent this afternoon.
Emojong was handed a walkover in the first round after his opponent Joseph Atwoli failed to turn up, and now leads the event in the Prestige category.
FM Harold Wanyama enjoyed his return to the game. The rated 2247 beat Kenya’s Candidate Master [CM] Wachira William Wachania in the first round before overwhelming Joseph Kaamu who got a bye in the first round in the subsequent round.
Allan Mathias Ssonko also won both his games with victories over Ramesh Vasanth and Emmanuel Mukose in the first and second round respectively.
In the Open category, Fred Okiring beat both James Kabui Nyaga and Byan Toboso Akhanyinya to ascend to the top six. Yusuf Bashir Daahir lost his first round but was able to outwit Jermaine Timothy Coelho in the second round.
Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda bagged a win and a stalemate in her first two rounds in the Ladies section.
The games return tomorrow with the third and fourth rounds and Emojong will meet Ssonko on board one in round three while Nsubuga faces another hurdle in Wanyama on board two.
Kaamu will try to find his first win at the tourney when he comes face to face with Wachira. Okiring takes on Nixon Mwamburi while Daahir plays against Nephat Muchiri Thuku and Namaganda has Kenya’s WCM Joyce Nyaruaii Ndirangu to contend with.