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).