Kireka A ascended to the summit of the National Chess League on Sunday thanks to their victory over Comrades in the eighth round at Hotel Africana.
The defending champions whacked Comrades 4-1, with Fide Masters Harold Wanyama and Haruna Nsubuga plus Woman Fide Master Goretti Angolikin winning their games, while Simon Gonza and Edgar Ntende drew their respective games.
Wanyama, on board one beat Innocent Kimera, while Nsubuga saw off Isaac Otim and Angolikin edged Victoria Nakirya. Gonza settled for a draw against Ivan Mukuye while Ntende drew against Rogers Ntambi.
Earlier, the side captained by Ivan Kaddu had beaten their sister club Kireka B 4.5-0.5 in the seventh round without International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi and Wanyama taking part.
The side had hoped to field their recent addition for the first time since his acquisition from Dmark but Ssegwanyi who recently returned from Egypt with his Kenyan club Equity was not back in the country by game time.
“I was out of the country,” Ssegwanyi said. “I was expected to make it but that didn’t happen unfortunately. Was in Nairobi and finding transport back home was a huge problem. Leaving Nairobi has been a hassle with all the election fever,” he explained.
Wanyama had personal engagement hence his nonappearance, but despite missing their top two players, Kireka A cruised past their opponents thus ascending tops for the first time this season.
Nsubuga took up board one against Paul Kafuko and managed to convert what looked like a drawn game into a win. That game lasted for over five hours.
Gonza, Ntende and Angolikn won their games while Simon Isiko drew against David Mugisha.
The two victories propelled the defending champions to the top of the table.
Dmark falter again
Dmark are moving at a snail’s pace and it is right to say that they are out of the title race. While they sit third in the league, they are five points adrift of the table leaders. It is very hard to imagine that Kireka will stumble in their remaining games.
Dmark won their seventh round, beating Aviation 4-1, with Walter Okas receiving a bye, but they were made to share spoils with SOM Katwe in form of 2.5-2.5 draw in the eighth round.
The side terribly lost board one with Solomon Lubega suffering at the hands of Benjamin Mukumbya.
FM Patrick Kawuma and Okas won their respective boards while the former national team coach Bob Bibasa drew against Martin Musiime.
WFM Christine Namaganda didn’t make appearance and Dmark lost board five through a bye.
SOM maintained their unbeaten run, but the 100% run was halted following their draw with Dmark. They drop a place down to second with 20 points.
Kireka lead the table with 21 points while Dmark sits third with sixteen.