Ugandans dominate 2017 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament Print
Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:10

Ugandans dominate 2017 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament

By Kim Bhari
www.kenyachessmasala.com


The 2017 Genocide Memorial Chess tournament held in Kigali, Rwanda from 9th to 11th June 2017 ended with the Ugandan quartet of FM Haruna Nsubuga, Mathias Ssonko, FM Harold Wanyama and Simon Gonza tying for first place after all 4 players ended on 5/6.

Poster
Poster for the event

The final round saw Mathias Ssonko hold highly fancied FM Haruna Nsubuga to a tough draw on board 1 which allowed FM Harold Wanyama and Simon Gonza to tie with 5 points after their last round wins.

FM Haruna Nsubuga
FM Haruna Nsubuga. Photo credits Fernand Mugisha.

Ugandans occupied the top 9 spots to stamp their dominance in the International Section that attracted a total of 36 players from 5 federations including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Congo.

The Open Section had 30 players from 6 federations including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, England and USA.

The playing hall
The playing hall. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

Uganda’s Ivy Kayesu dominated the Ladies Section with a score of 3/6.

A section of players
A section of players. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

In the Open Section, the Ugandan’s were again dominant with Samuel Were and Ugandan Chess Federation President, Emmanuel Mwaka tying for first place with 5.5/6 each.

CM Maxence Murara
CM Maxence Murara. Photo credit Fernand Mugisha.

View of the playing hall
View of the playing hall. Photo credit Duke Micheka.

Joselyne Uwase from Rwanda scored 4/6 in this section to end as the highest placed female in the section.

Ricky Sang was the only participant from Kenya in the International Section and he ended up with a respectable 3.5/6 to end up in 14th position.

Ricky Sang from Kenya
Ricky Sang from Kenya. Photo credit Fernand Mugisha.

Naftaly Wachira Mwangi was the only Kenyan in the Open section and who obtained an impressive 5 points to end up in joint 2nd place with Rongin Munyurangabo of Rwanda.

Nathalie Nahimana
The charming Nathalie Nahimana from Burundi. Photo credit Fernand Mugisha.

The event was boosted by the presence of GM Maurice Ashley who was in the country for the Chess Master’s Africa Tour.

GM Maurice Ashly
GM Maurice Ashly in action. Photo credit unknown.

GM Maurice Ashley teaches a class
GM Maurice Ashley teaches a class of attentive kids in a Kigali school. Photo credit Maurice Ashley.

This event is held as a poignant reminder to the dark days of the 1994 Genocide when thousands were brutally killed while the whole of Africa and the world turned a blind eye.

Ivan Mugisha
Ivan Mugisha from Uganda. Photo credit Fernand Mugisha.

The arbiter of this event was Duke Michieka from Kenya and the event was partially sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa.

Rukimbira Valentin
Rukimbira Valentin of Rwanda. Photo credit Fernand Mugisha.

Final results are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr281585.aspx?lan

 
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