The World Youth Chess Championship which began on 20 September runs till 30 September 2014. The first time a Ugandan participated in the World Youth Chess Championship was when reigning National Junior Champion, Benjamin Mukumbya took part in last year’s event held in Al Ain, UAE and earned himself a first rating after a solid display in the Under 18 category. Uganda’s upcoming teenager, Gloria Nansubuga made the country proud beating a 1613 rated Irina Andriatsiferana of Madagacar in the second round of the ongoing World Youth Chess Championship played on Sunday 21 September 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Nansubuga had earlier lost to Romania’s Coman Emilia Florentina rated 1814 in the first round played yesterday. She is on zero rating and participating in the Under 14 age category. Gloria secured her second win after beating South Africa’s Gardiner Nina rated 1663 in the third round played at the International Convention Center in Durban yesterday evening!! Nansubuga now has 2 points out of 3 in The Under 14 Girls category. She is now up against much tougher opposition in Australia’s Chiara Polterauer rated 1903 in the third fouth round to be played today.
Another Ugandan based in the USA, Tendo Lumala(The same young man who Phiona had the opportunity to meet while in Seattle, WA this past spring!!) , is also participating in the Under 10 boys category. He lost the first two games, but has secured his first win in the same round. He beat Malawi’s Charles Gondwe Kimwa in the Under 10 boys category.