(Press release courtesy of Uganda Chess Federation)
Leaders, Arthur Ssegwanyi and Haruna Nsubuga both won their eighth round games played in the afternoon at Hotel Africana on Sunday, 13th November 2011 to maintain a joint lead at 7 points each after 8 games.
Ssegwanyi beat FIDE Master Elijah Emojong while Nsubuga beat Farouk Fauza to get to 7 points. The two are unbeaten in the event after winning six games each and drawing two.
More upsets were experienced as defending champion Harold Wanyama was crushed again by fellow Olympian Bob Bibasa while another pre-tourney favourite Simon Gonza was beaten by upcoming Mathias Ssonko.
In joint third position are youngsters Ssonko at 6 points, David Muwanguzi who beat Amos Emojong also at 6 points and Micheal Mawanda who beat Rajab Kamoga.
Another former Olympian Isaac Munanira also lost to Mike Akabu.
Two more rounds will be played on Sunday 20th November 2011 at Hotel Africana.