2017 National Chess League in Uganda Print
Monday, 02 October 2017 09:30

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Kireka Chess Club, champions of the National Chess League

The National Chess League got underway on Sunday 25th June at Hotel Africana, with (38) teams on board in the newly formed rated league that had two divisions of the previous year 2016 merged into one pool and use of the Swiss pairing system of 14 rounds.

During this year’s league, UCF invited professional guest speakers from different organizations for inspirational (15-30 min) talks to the participants. This was one way to inspire chess players to aim higher on top of playing the Royal Game.

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The league registered a 26.7% increase in club participation from (30) clubs combined from the two divisions in 2016, to (38) clubs competing in the same pool. This is an illustration of the growth and popularity of the game amongst the youth and adults Uganda hence for the UCF to seek out to potential sponsors to enable them facilitate the growing numbers.

Among the clubs that competed this year, were the debuting sides of Royal Knights Chess Club and Stands Chess Club (youngsters under the age of 12). SOM Chess clubs also registered (4) new clubs and Kireka Chess club registered Kireka B to play alongside Kireka A. The league also lost one team – City chess club from the previous league.

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There are new clubs i.e. West Nile Chess Club and Mbale Chess club which expressed interest to play in the 2018 National League. This comes as an important element in regional representation of clubs in the league and UCF has to make necessary arrangements to absorb such clubs and ensure they participate comfortably alongside the city clubs. They will join Jinja Warriors Chess club which is the only consistent upcountry representative of chess club participating in the League.

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Final Ranking after 14 Rounds                
Rk. SNo Team   Games + =   -   TB1 TB2
1 11 Kireka Chess - Team A 14 13 0   1   39 56
2 27 SOM Katwe 14 11 2   1   35 44
3 8 DMARK Chess Club 14 11 1   2   34 51
4 12 Kireka Chess - Team B 14 9 1   4   28 44
5 2 Bank of Uganda 14 8 3   3   27 45
6 20 Mulago Knights Chess 14 9 0   5   27 42
7 13 Lweza Chess 14 8 1   5   25 36
8 10 Gambit Chess Club 14 6 4   4   22 39
9 1 Aviation Chess Club 14 7 1   6   22 38
10 15 Makindye Chess 14 7 1   6   22 37
11 19 Mulago Kings Chess 14 7 1   6   22 37
12 21 Mulago Overs Chess 14 7 1   6   22 34
13 18 MUBS Chess Club 14 6 3   5   21 35
14 6 Chess Warriors 14 7 0   7   21 34
15 17 Mighty Bishops Chess 14 7 0   7   21 33
16 33 Mulago Rooks Chess 14 6 2   6   20 35
17 16 Mengo Chess Club 14 6 2   6   20 34
18 30 SOM Nateete 14 6 2   6   20 34
19 14 Makerere University 14 6 2   6   20 33
20 28 SOM Kawempe 14 6 2   6   20 32
21 34 Comrades Chess 14 5 4   5   19 35
22 29 SOM Kibuli 14 6 0   8   18 36
23 35 Kyambogo University 13 6 0   7   18 32
24 4 Busitema University Chess 14 6 0   8   18 31
25 5 Chess Dynasty 14 6 0   8   18 31
26 9 Jinja Knights Chess 14 5 2   7   17 34
27 7 Crestals Chess 14 5 1   8   16 34
28 26 SOM Children's Team 14 5 0   9   15 34
29 3 Bunamwaya Chess Club 14 5 0   9   15 31
30 22 Mulago Pawns 14 5 0   9   15 23
31 31 UCU Knights CC 14 4 2   8   14 29
32 24 Ndejje University 13 4 1   8   13 26
33 36 Stands Chess Club 12 4 1   7   13 21
34 23 Mulago Queens Chess 14 4 0   10   12 24
35 32 UCU Queens CC 14 3 0   11   9 20
36 25 Royal Knights Chess 14 1 2   11   5 6.5
37 37 Maisha Chess Club 11 1 0   10   3 5


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