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FM Haruna Nsubuga wins 2019 Rwanda Open

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FM Haruna Nsubuga wins 2019 Rwanda Open

FM Haruna Nsubuga of Uganda won the 2019 Rwanda Open last weekend.  He ended up with 5 points out of 6 rounds.

Mathias Ssonko also of Uganda had the same 5 points but he had a lower tie break.  They shared the top two prizes to go home with RWF 250,000 (USD 300) each.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

The event attracted 36 players from South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and hosts Rwanda.

Ugandan players dominated the top 12 places.

Action from the 2019 Rwanda Open. Joseph Kaamu (orange shirt) and Jonah Byaruhanga Jonah both of Uganda.
Action from the 2019 Rwanda Open. Joseph Kaamu (orange shirt) and Jonah Byaruhanga Jonah both of Uganda.

Naftaly Wachira was the only player from Kenya.  He obtained a respectable 4 points and ended up in 8th position.  Valentin Rukimbira of was the highest placed Rwanda with 4 points and in 7th position.

Zuri Tatiina (right) from Uganda.
Zuri Tatiina (right) from Uganda.

Ndagire Mary Kevin of Uganda who is 13 years old was impressive when she won the top junior and top lady’s prize with 4 points.  She ended up in 9th position.

Mathias Ssonko of Uganda who was a joint winner with 5 points.
Mathias Ssonko of Uganda who was a joint winner with 5 points.

Mathias Ssonko v Farouk Fauza

Mathias Ssonko v Simon Gonza

This was an interest miniature from the event!

Chess activity in Rwanda

Rwanda has a small but vibrant chess community and this is evident from the various events they have hosted over the past few years.  See links below.

The Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) is the official organisation affiliated to FIDE.  It was registered in 1997.

Kevin Ganza is the President of the federation.

Officials of the Rwanda Chess Federation.
Officials of the Rwanda Chess Federation.

Fun facts about Rwanda

Rwanda is also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because most of the country is covered by rolling, grassy hills.

The Karisimbi Volcano (4,519 m high) in the Virunga Mountains is the highest point in Rwanda.

Rwanda is the 4th smallest country on the African continent.

Rwanda is only one of three countries in Africa where you can visit Mountain Gorillas in the Wild.

Rwanda’s Parliament has more female members than any other parliament in the world.

Rwanda’s policy is ‘No Plastic Bags Allowed’.

Links

Standings & Results.

Rwanda Chess Federation website

CM Ben Magana joint winner of 2016 Rwanda Open.

Ssonko wins Rwanda Genocide Chess Championship.

GM Sriram Jha of India visits Rwanda.

2015 Rwanda Chess Championship.