Uganda’s U-16 team facing it rough at Zone 4.2 U-16 Team Chess Championships

Pauline Biyinzika (L) against Kenya Two’s Krish Shah in the third round

It is resting day for the U-16 Chess team that is enduring a rough stay at Oshwal Academy Mombasa where the Zone 4.2 U-16 Team Chess Championship is taking place.

The youngsters are learning the hard way at the Zonal Championships. After five rounds of play, Uganda is last in the table standings.

The team captained by Denise Veronica Butungi opened the event with a 2-2 draw against Tanzania, but were made to suffer horrible defeats at the hands of Kenyans in their subsequent rounds.

Uganda lost 4-0 to Kenya Four and Kenya Two in the second and third round, before losing by the same margin in the subsequent rounds to two other Kenyan sides, leaving them bottom of the table.

The double round robin tourney returns tomorrow with the sixth and seventh rounds, and team Uganda will try to patch things up when they meet Tanzania and Kenya Four in the respective rounds.

Kenya Two currently leads the table after winning all their first five games.

While the junior guys take a breather, the Mombasa International Open commences today at the same venue, with eight Ugandans.

International Master Elijah Emojong, Fide Masters Harold Wanyama and Haruna Nsubuga, Allan Mathias Ssonko, Joseph Kaamu [Prestige], Fred Okiring, Bashir Yusuf Daahir [Open] and Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda [Women section] are in action.