19:40, Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

The 2017 Uganda Open gets under way at Forrest Cottages tomorrow morning. The event is set to attract well over 200 players and has been split into a FIDE Rated Open and an U/1600 section in order to accommodate the large entry.

The top seed is IM Arthur Ssegwanyi from Uganda who comes in boasting an impressive 2373 FIDE ELO. He is followed by IM Elijah Emojong as well as 3 FM's rated above 2200+.

With 16 players over 2000 in the field the competition is likely to be tough from the early rounds and upsets can no doubt be expected in the early going. The tournament is also expected to see a large number of local Ugandan players securing their first FIDE ratings and KCF would like to wish the 50+ players who find themselves in this position the best of luck for the event.

The round 1 draw is now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr308457.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=1&turdet=YES&... and results and pairings will be available at this link as the tournament unfolds. There are currently 6 countries represented in the open including fairly large contingents from both Kenya and South Sudan.

The organizers hope to be able to broadcast games from the top boards at some stage during the tournament and we look forward to being able to provide the links as soon as these are available.

We wish all players the best of luck for the tournament.