National Chess League: BOU condemns SOM Katwe to first league defeat

Haruna Nsubuga

Robert Katende’s SOM Katwe suffered their first defeat of the season following their 4-1 loss to Bank of Uganda on Sunday at Hotel Africana.

SOM, who beat defending champions Kireka and drew with record league winners Dmark early in the season had not tasted defeat since season start, but were made to endure one in the eleventh round on Sunday.

The side was convincingly beaten, with BOU owning four boards. On board one, Allan Mathias Ssonko outdid Julius Ssali, while David Muwanguzi outwitted Richard Kato on board three and International Master Elijah Emojong who joined BOU a couple of weeks ago was a routine winner against Richard Tugume in the fourth board.

On board five, Woman Fide Master Grace Kigeni was a handful for WFM Ivy Clare Amoko’s bogey opponent Gloria Nansubuga as she handed her, her second defeat in the league. It was only on board two that SOM picked up a win, with Neogy Sepuya losing to Richard Buyinza hence the 4-1 defeat.

It was defeat that ended their slim chances of league triumph after table leaders Kireka recorded a pair of victories on the day.

Kireka swept off Mulago Kings in the eleventh round. The defending champions who welcomed back Simon Gonza from Zimbabwe and fielded all their top players hit the ‘Kings’ 5-0, before going on to beat Gambits with the same score, with WFM Amoko losing to WFM Gorreti Angolikin on board five.

The two victories coupled with SOM’s loss meant Kireka extended the point gap to four points. They lead the table standings with 30 points, four ahead of second placed SOM, and five ahead of rivals Dmark who sit third.

Dmark beat Makerere University Business School [MUBS] 4-1 in the eleventh round and out-competed Mulago Rooks in the round that followed with a similar score.