The inaugural Africa Online Chess League gets underway on Saturday September 9, with 13 teams taking part, and Uganda enviably represented.
The East African giants entered three strong teams viz. Uganda A, Uganda B, and Uganda C.
Captained by Fide Master Harold Wanyama, Uganda A comprises of three of the top five seeds in the region including Wanyama himself, FM Patrick Kawuma and Walter Okas – winner of $120 back in 2014 at the Africa Online Blitz Championships after he emerged the best Ugandan at the event.
To complete team Uganda A is the current Uganda Chess Federation [UCF] Publicity David Muwanguzi.
Uganda B is made up of eight players including Paul Kafuko who is the captain, Thomas Katairo, Nelly Mubiru, Ronald Lwebuga, Joel Emojong, Ivan Mugisha, Shakuru Wagodo and Penninah Nakabo- the only female in the team.
Ezekiel Matsiko captains Uganda C and his teammates include George Kalugo and Kennedy Namwanza.
The online event that will be played on Lichess commences tomorrow at 20:00 [EAT], and Uganda A has been pitted against Nigeria A, while Kafuko and his teammates open the league against Nigeria D, and Uganda C will have Namibia A to contend with.
The other countries that will be represented in this double round robin tourney include South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. South Africa registered just one team [RSA Juniors] and they will battle it out with Zimbabwe D in the opening round.
Zimbabwe’s A side faces Nigeria B, while Zambia A meets Namibia B. Zambia B receives a bye given the number of teams is odd.
A total number of 13 teams were confirmed and 55 players are expected to take part.
The time control of 3+2 was chosen as the duration for each game.