Uganda Bounces Back to Beat Hong Kong

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Uganda bounced back to beat Hong Kong in the mens category as the 42nd World Chess Olympiad entered round nine on Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Uganda bounced back to beat Hong Kong in the men's category as the 42nd World Chess Olympiad entered round nine on Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Ugandan team won 2.5-1.5 points after posting two wins on boards two and four which were steered by Fide Master (FM) Harold Wanyama and Farouk Fauza against Hong Kong's Lau L (1994) and Borigas E  (1894) respectively.

Playing with black pieces, Wanyama beat his opponent after making 61 moves, while Farouk, who is playing in the event for the first time, cornered his rival in the 52nd move to extend his second consecutive win in his games.

On board three, Simon Gonza game progressed for around 20 moves when his opponent started gaining better positional play but he slowly pressed his white pieces advantage to end the game with a draw in the 40th move against Pang Yui 1963.

It was only FM Patrick Kawuma who suffered a defeat against a much lower-rated Lam D (2169) in just 47 moves. The men's team are currently ranked at position 121 with eight points out of 170 countries.

In earlier rounds they beat Maldives 3-1, Mauritius 2.5-1.5 and Angola but lost to Myanmar and Morocco. The will face-off ICCD (a team for the deaf) in their tenth round game today.

In the ladies section, Uganda lost to Panama 3-1 after drawing two games and losing two. Pitted against Panama's Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Alba Minoz (1704), Uganda's board one player WFM Grace Kigeni suffered defeat in just 39 moves despite her white pieces advantage. WFM Gorretti Angolikin also fell down at the hands of a much higher-rated Barria Baker (1961) in the 37th move.

On the third and fourth boards, Ugandans Joyce Kabengano and Christine Namaganda could not make it a clean sweep as they struggled before settling for a draw with Gonzalez Y (1826) and Chung Y (1797). Namaganda, who missed her first five rounds, has not registered any loss in all her three games that she has played till now.

The Ugandan women's team are now placed at 127 place with four points out of 134. They will play against a much lower rated Fiji today, which gives them a chance to recover from the earlier losses they suffered against United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Hong Kong. They however won their games against Tunisia and Honduras.

The biennial World Chess Olympiad is an 11-round Swiss open. The open section features 181 teams from 176 countries, with the 899 players.