Uganda’s Sana Wins Silver At Africa Youth Chess Championships

15-year-old, Sana Omprakash Kayyar produced a witty display to win silver at the African Youth Chess Championships that just concluded in Cairo, Egypt.

Omprakash who’s overtime gained experience due to her consistent participation at international events started this competition with mixed results.

The teenager won her opening game against Gwatidzo Ropafadzo from Zimbabwe, but lost the second round to Egyptian’s Tamer Jana.

However, once she gained momentum, there was no stopping her. Even though the eventual winner of this category (U16 girls) Natalie Katlo Banda beat her in the sixth round, Omprakash had done enough, and she regained her winning formula in the final three rounds to secure silver.

Her last win (the seventh) came against Namibia’s Woman Candidate Master Jamie Nichole Beukes in the last round. Omprakash finished with 7 points, just a point and half below the gold winner.

Omprakash brings home the medal, but there were other notable displays from team Uganda. Both Edwin Pido and Aine Atubet missed out on the medal brackets by half a point.

Pido, competing at the U16 category in the boys section came fourth while Atubet came fifth in the U10 category in the girls section.

Atubet’s little sister, Talia Atubet also came fifth in the U08 category, missing out on the medal by a point.

Hannah Zion Mawejje, who was part of the team that took part at the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad in Eindhoven, Netherlands last month was the other Uganda that finished in the top ten.

Mawejje competed in the U18 girls section, and came ninth with 4.5 points.

Uganda Chess Federation took a team of 23 youngsters to Cairo. Uganda had at least a representative in each of the categories with exception of the U10 boys.



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