International Master Elijah Emojong increased his chances of defending the Mombasa International Open with victories over fellow Ugandan Allan Mathias Ssonko and Kenyan Candidate Master Ramesh Vasanth on Thursday.
The No.2 seed in East Africa beat Ssonko in the 3rd round before downing Ramesh in the subsequent round to stay atop with four points.
Emojong is followed by Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga on the table in the Prestige section. After losing round two to the IM, Nsubuga overcame fellow FM Harold Wanyama in the third round before beating CM Wachira William Wachania in the fourth round.
Wanyama, after losing to Nsubuga was able to bounce back with victory over Ssonko in the fourth round. He seats third with three points.
Joseph Kaamu secured his first victory at the competition after he beat Brian Kidula in the last round of the day.
Fred Okiring won both his games as he beat Nixon Mwamburi and Singe Phillip Mbawala to ascend third in the Open category. Okiring has four points but sits third on a tie-break.
Bashir Yusuf Daahir suffered his second loss after he lost to Nephat Muchiri Thuku but was able to beat Hubert Kimani in the fourth round.
In the Ladies category, Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda’s hopes of winning the event deteriorated as she lost to Kenyans, WCM Joyce Nyaruai Ndirangu and Sasha Mongeli.
Unrated Ivy Kayesu on the other hand kept her hopes alive with victories over Agnes Gathoni Thuo and Rebecca Nyamahiga Waweru. She ascended third with three points, half a point behind Gloria Jumba who leads the category.