Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament set for June

After securing legal status to host the annual Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament, the Rwanda Chess Federation [FERWADE] has set June 9-11 as the dates for this edition.

FERWADE was last year suspended by the Rwanda ministry of Sports and Culture for allegedly operating without legal status, but they seem to have sorted that out and now have organized the fourth edition of the Genocide Memorial tourney and it is set to take place at Classic Hotel Kicukiro, Kigali.

“As usual, since 2014, we are preparing the 2017 GMCT. It’s the second international tournament we are hosting after the February 2016 Rwanda Open.

“We are organizing it in collaboration with the Rwandan National Olympic and Sports Committee [RNOSC] and Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa. We expect players from the region and South Africa as well as GM Ashley Maurice, a special agent from the US,” said FERWADE president Kevin Ganza as quoted by The New Times.

Ashley was the first Jamaican chess player to earn a Grandmaster title. He is also a well-known commentator for high profile games.

Uganda is expected to be represented by over five players including Fide Masters Patrick Kawuma, Harold Wanyama and Haruna Nsubuga, Thomas Katairo and Woman Fide Master Christine Namaganda.

The rated tournament will be played on a Swiss format and it will have participants fight for Rwf 250,000 as top prize in the International section.