The Rwanda Olympiad Team has been named for the 2022 Chennai Olympiad, which starts in late July 2022.
The top five players were selected at the end of the second and final phase, which took place at Hilltop Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.
Anastase Barajiginywa, Kishitij Goyal, Lionel Nditabinye, Maranatha Nduwayesu and Hassan Murenzi will represent Rwanda. The interesting thing about the team is that the top three players are unrated, and all five will be making their maiden Olympiad appearances.
The team selection process involved a Frist Phase, which saw 22 players participating, with the top ten going into the Final Phase.
Maranatha Nduwayesu was the winner of the First Phase with a score of six points out of seven rounds.
Hassan Murenzi v Anastase Barajiginywa
Ben Tom Zimurinda v Eddy Christian Nkuyubwatsi
Rwanda Chess facts
Rwanda has taken part in all the Olympiads since the year 2000.
CM Godfrey Kabera is Rwanda’s top-rated player at 1901. The country has approximately 160 players with FIDE ID numbers, while half of that number have a FIDE rating.