(Press release courtesy of Uganda Chess Federation)
Uganda’s FM Elijah Emojong has won the first four games in the ongoing Piloo Modi Open Chess Tournament in India to put himself on course for the top honours in the event that started on 24th December 2011 and ends on 31st December 2011.
Emojong has so far beaten Avinash Yaday (rated 1256), Sushil Kumar Srivastava (rated 1457), Virendra Kumar Girsa (rated 1810) and Shersingh Chauvan (rated 1902).
All the players he has played in the event so far have had a much lower rating than his of 2111. In the fifth round that was ongoing at the time of filing this report, Emojong was in for a tougher challenge against India’s Junaid Ahmed (rated 2051).
After four games, 18 players out of the 150 participating in the event had all won their games and the tie break ranking had Elijah in 15th position out of 150. Most of the participants in the event are from India, with one player from Uganda and two from the United Arab Emirates.
The event is organised by the Chess Association of India (not to be confused with the All India Chess Federation) with lots of cash prizes at stake for the winners.