Preliminary knockout phase:
Ben Zimurinda Ben 7/7 Vision Chess Club
G. Ntabonsanganywe 5/7 Vision Chess Club
Fernand Mugisha 4/7 KIST Chess Club
Dusabe Protais 4/7 Vision Chess Club
Valentin Rukimbira 4/7 Chess Club Rafiki
Sabin Sheja 4/7 KIST Chess Club
Paul Kayisire 3.5/7 Vision Chess Club
Denis Shema 3/7 KIST Chess Club
Eight unrated chess players on Sunday qualified to play in this month’s annual national championship after the Rwanda Chess Federation decided to revive the event.
At the end of the preliminary knock out phase played by unrated players [those who have never played in the Chess Olympiad], Ben Zimurinda of Vision Chess Club emerged winner after winning all seven rounds.
“I expected the win and I am so happy. My target and intention now is to perform better in other tournaments, especially the upcoming international in which Kenyans will participate,” Zimurinda said, referring to an upcoming open tournament in which the Rwanda Chess Federation invited Kenyan clubs KCB Chess Club and Equity Chess Club to participate.
The three-day open competition begins Friday next week.
Meanwhile, the matches to determine the national champion 2014 will be played for three days starting on Boxing Day.
Zimurinda and others will tussle it out with 12 rated Rwandan players, including four others not rated globally but who boast of Olympiad experience.
Kevin Ganza, the acting president of the Rwanda Chess Federation said the federation has not held such events for 10 years.
Ganza said: “It will be our first competition with the most Rwandan rated players.”
Rwanda’s rated players are:
Fidele Mutabazi 2089
Godfrey Kabera (CM) 1859
Joseph Ngendo 1835
Alexis Ruzigura (CM) 1754
Maxence Murara (CM) 1732
Theotime Rutaremara 1717
Kevin Ganza 1709
Alain Patience Niyibizi 1554