By Catherine Apolot

Gloria Nansubuga, a 17 year old chess player last weekend won a world title at the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, making her a woman FIDE master, the third highest rank in chess.

Nansubuga is the first Ugandan lady to scoop the title from that tournament.

The Katwe-born Nansubuga started playing chess at the tender age of 4 years, under the inspiration and guidance of her coach Richard Kakande who also doubles as her chess teacher at St Mbuga Vocational school.

At the age of 13, Gloria Nansubuga, won the Best Female honour at the Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess tournament and dominated the position of Uganda’s U-14 No.1 chess player.

She was then ranked 6205 out of the total 168055 female chess players worldwide; 474 among the 2823 U-14 female chess players across the globe; 142nd on the African continent and 4th among the U-14 girls on Africa.


Full Names: Gloria Nansubuga

Date of Birth: 12th Nov 2001

Class: S.1

Parents: Lydia and Wilson Kasende

Place of Birth: Katwe, Kampala

Education (Schools attended): Namirembe Infant Nursery and Primary; St Mbuga Vocational Secondary School, Makindye

Started Chess Career: Aged 4 years old

Best Chess Move: E4 and D4

Best Subject: Biology

Best Friend: Norah Nasasir