The Ultimate Death Match rescheduled

Harold Wanyama and Haruna Nsubuga

Local chess enthusiasts who were anxiously waiting for the Ultimate Death Match will have to exercise some bit of patience like it is on the board of chess.

The match, dubbed the ‘battle of the year’ that was slated to happen on Saturday, July 15 has been postponed.

This follows Kenyan giants – Equity and KCB Chess Clubs’ decisions to take part in the upcoming African Clubs Champions Cup that is scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt from July 23 to August 1.

One might wonder why Kenyan clubs deciding to participate in a tourney is Uganda’s business, and how it affects a Ugandan event. Well, here is why. Three of the six contestants in this one of a kind battle play for these two clubs, and they include International Masters Arthur Ssegwanyi, Elijah Emojong and Fide Master Harold Wanyama.

The two IMs turn out for Equity while Wanyama, Ssegwanyi’s teammate back home at Kireka plays for KCB.

With these top guns in the region expected to represent their respective clubs at a continental competition, the match had to be rescheduled.

The new date is yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to happen early next month after the Champions Cup.

About the match                                                 

The Ultimate Death Match alias the 2017 Chess Challenge shall embroil only the top six players in the East African region who include FM Haruna Nsubuga, FM Harold Wanyama, Walter Okas, FM Patrick Kawuma, IM Elijah Emojong and IM Arthur Ssegwanyi in descending order.

The match shall be relayed live and shall be publicized on YouTube. Thanks to Brian Kidula, CEO Terrian Chess Academy, and one of the very few chess promoters in the continent, it will be the first time such a thing is happening in Uganda.

Uganda will become the fourth country in Africa to do so.  Kenya recently joined Egypt and South Africa as the only countries in the continent to do so when the Ultimate Challenge- a match that had Kenya’s 25th seed Bryan Toboso clash against the country’s fourth seed Mehul Gohil was broadcast.

It was something that was made possible by the ingenious Kidula.