Soroti Chess Club head into round seven of the National Chess League looking to consolidate their position in the table standings.
The Eastern side find themselves in an unfamiliar position as they sit top of the league with 16 points. They remain one of the only two sides yet to lose a game this season, and lead by a point ahead of defending champions Kireka Panthers and their round seven opponents Mulago Kings who both have 15 points.
Against Mulago Kings, they will come up against a former champion, and some blockbuster matchups await.
Board one to be exact is expected to be mouthwatering! Soroti have lined up the national junior team coach FM Walter Okas. He will pit wits against the national team coach FM Harold Wanyama.
It will be renewed rivalry for these two players who have faced each other multiple times but have now added coaching to their CVs.
Fred Okiring, a renowned giant killer will take up Soroti’s board two. He’s up against James Madol Panchol who will be on the opposite board for Mulago.
Board three will have Amos Etoru (Soroti) against Peter Majur Manyang while Joseph Kawooya, Aaron Opidri and Hillary Sabano will face Abdul Haruna, Grace Nsubuga and Bright Muke respectively.
In the other game that promises to be nerve racking, Kireka Panthers will look to continue with their recovery from their defeat to SOM Katwe when they take on their sister side Kireka A.
Kireka A is the other side that haven’t lost a game this season but have drawn twice. They take on their sister team looking to out compete them this time.
FM Patrick Kawuma has been introduced to the Kireka A line up. Kawuma has not featured for his team this season, but because the stakes are high, he will play on board one against Gong Thong Gong.
Allan Mathias Sonko, Emmanuel Egesa, David Muwanguzi, Emmanuel Musasizi and Sana Omprakash have all been lined up by Kireka A.
The Panthers will have Rajab Kamoga, their captain Paul Kafuko, Mike Akabo, Abel Matovu and Wech Adol Choi to face that line up.
Kireka A are placed fourth in the table standings with 14 points heading into this round while Kireka Panthers are second, level on points (15) with third placed Mulago Kings and a point below table leaders Soroti.
Aside from the aforementioned games, 22 other games will be played on Sunday. All these games will be played at Nob View Hotel in Ntinda.