Chess comes to Bishop McAllister College— Alex Asiimwe

No student at this school had ever played chess but in July 2015, the visit of Mrs Mari Robertson, our friend from the Parish of Sackville in Canada,

changed the status quo ante. Teacher Mari, as she later became known to us, came along with her son Joel who happens to be so passionate about chess that in fact shortly before his maiden visit to Uganda he had finished as Brunswick’s provincial runner up in competitions held for his age group. Joel, sixteen years old that time, was more than willing to impart chess playing skills among the students who also proved eager learners.

With his chess gear which comprised several boards, textbooks, playing pieces and clock, Joel started his work a day after his arrival. He was given a room to train students from both the secondary and primary sections. He worked tirelessly and within a week most of his learners could play. Over forty students turned up for training and later took part in competitions that were held towards the end of Term Two. The finals were won by Nsiimenta Onesmus (S.4) from the secondary section of the seminary who defeated fellow seminarian Nuwahereza Disan (S.4). The Rector launched the chess club on the day of the finals.

Today the chess room continues to be a popular destination with the former learners now training other students who have picked interest. Special thanks go to Joel for the seed he sowed.

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