Kireka out to seal National Chess League title

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Gorreti Angolikin and Kireka Chess Club will be looking to win the National League

As the National Chess League comes to its closure on Sunday, Kireka take on MUBS looking to clinch the title.

The defending champions need only three points out of the available six to retain the title they won last year. They take on the University side in the thirteenth round, and victory will be enough to hand them the title.

Kireka lead the table with 33 points, four ahead of second placed SOM Katwe with two rounds left of play. For a rare upset to occur tomorrow, Kireka will need to lose both their remaining two rounds and SOM wins both rounds.

It is hard to imagine that Kireka can lose their remaining games later on fail to win the league. The Ivan Kaddu captained side can actually afford to share spoils in the two games and still be crowned champions regardless of what happens in the SOM games. The side boasts of a better tie-break.

Kireka will be without their board two player Fide Master Harold Wanyama on Sunday. The FM travelled to Kenya for another league calling with his Kenyan club KCB who face a tough opponent in Peter Gilruth’s Nairobi Chess Club on Saturday in the Kenya National Chess League.

This means FM Haruna Nsubuga will be fielded on board two and Simon Gonza will take up board three. International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi shall sit on board one, Edgar Ntende on board four and Woman Fide Master Goretti Angolikin will complete the lineup on board five.

SOM face Jinja side Jinja Knights in the thirteenth round and third placed Dmark has an engagement with Mulago Kings. Dmark welcomes back FM Patrick Kawuma. The Olympian didn’t feature for the side last game week.