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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

FM STEVE KAWUMA

It seems chess titles are flying left right and centre and east africans are not left behind. steve kawuma recently gained FIDE master status. Who is next?



By Lambert Rusoke,Kampala

READ THIS PERSONAL DIARY FROM NAMIBIA BY KAWUMA HIMSELF
WIZARD Stephen Kawuma has achieved the status of FIDE Master(FM) following a splendid display against very highly rated titled players at the Africa Individual Chess Championship that just ended in Windhoek, Namibia over the weekend.

A FIDE Master is a prestigious title that precedes the International Master (IM) and later the Grand Master (GM).

Kawuma beat Mozambique's Chambule Pedro Lucas in the 7th round before losing to Zambia's Chumfwe Stanley in the 8th round.

The Ugandan recovered to beat FM Alice Mateus Felizardo Viageirof in the 9th and final round to finish with 4.5 points out of 9.

A 50% performance in such a highly rated tournament featuring the continent's top players grants a player the right to become a FIDE Master (FM).

more info:
Monitor Newspaper

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also important to mention...

The earning of FIDE titles of IM and GM are not typically done in one tournament. In fact, it is being discouraged now. Typically players have to earn three norms and qualify on rating for IM and GM titles. The earning of titles in zonal tournaments is under fire.

Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum

Edwin Korir said...

Daaim,
This new development will really be a draw back to African chess. There are no rated tournaments in Africa and the only hope for getting such titles for African players is through this tournaments. A good example is Kenya's FM Martin Gateri and CM William Wachania