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CM Ben Magana joint winner of 2016 Rwanda Open


The Rwanda Open Chess Tournament came to end on 1st February 2016 when Rwandan star Eugene Mugema Kagabo put up a fine performance to win the inaugural Rwanda Open Chess Tournament.

Poster for the event

Eugene ended up with 6/7 points and tied with CM Ben Magana who had the same number of points but ended up in second position on tie breaks.  The top prize was RWF 140,000 (USD 180).

Ben Magana (left) in action. Photo credit Duke Micheka.
Ben Magana (left) in action. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

This 4 day event was sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa which is a great boost to Rwandan chess.

A happy participant "Gens una sumus". Photo credit Duke Micheka.
A happy participant “Gens una sumus”. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

In a further effort to boost African chess the Kasparov Chess Foundation sponsored 6 Burundian players and Daniel Sangi Buhuti from Democratic Republic of Congo.   The top Burundian player was  Deo Ntagasigumwani who ended in 4th position with a respectable 5 points.I am happy to see Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa providing support for one of Africa’s gem.

Winner of the 2015 Rwanda Open Eugene Kagabo (in checked shirt). Photo credit Duke Micheka.

The Rwanda Chess Federation must move swiftly to get corporate support and get it’s infrastructure in terms of membership income, venue, Chess in Schools without any delay.  Being a small nation it will make it much easier to get things moving.

General view of the hall. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

We at Kenya Chess Masala look forward to the next event.  The full cross-table for this event can be found here Rwanda Open.