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GM Sriram Jha visits Rwanda.


Chess players in Rwanda got an unexpected treat last week when GM Sriram Jha of India visited Kigali on a private visit.

The Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) took this opportunity to organise a 6 player simul at the Classic Hotel in downtown Kigali.

We bring you some photos from this historic event.

GM Sriram Jha in action. Mbonymana Gamariel, Tuyizere Elyse, Alain NIyibizi and JImmy Christian
Some of the players. From left to right – Mbonyimana Gamariel, Tuyizere Elyse, JImmy Christian and Kevin Ganza.

The final result was 6-0 in favour of GM Sriram Jha.

FM Sriram Jha has competed in the 2009 FIDE World Cup by virtue of winning the Asian Zone 3.2 Chess Championship a year earlier.

His peak rating was 2511 in January 2010.

He is married to IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi who is a two time sliver medalist on board 1 at the 2000 and 2002 Chess Olympiads.  She is also the recipient of the 2000 Arjuna Award.  See Arjuna Award.

Ganza Kevin (President of Rwanda Chess Federation).

The next big chess event coming up in Rwanda is the Genocide Memorial which will run from 9th to 11th June 2017.  Further details can be obtained from Mr Alain Niyibizi on niyibizialain@gmail.com.

We have covered two stories in the recent past about Rwanda.  These can be found here;

2015 Rwanda Chess Championship.

CM Ben Magana wins 2016 Rwanda Open.