Rwanda has moved up three places to 162 in the latest world ranking published by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) on Saturday. A country is ranked according to the average rating of its top 10 active rated players.
The improvement comes after six new players got the coveted FIDE rating to put the tally of rated Rwandans at 14 at the end of the recent three-day Rwanda Open Chess competition which was dominated by Kenya’s KCB Chess Club.
Meanwhile, the performance of the six during the recent tournament altered local players’ classification as some in the group of six toppled those in the previous list of first eight rated players.
Apart from securing his FIDE rating, Rugema Ngarambe (Vision Chess Club), rated 1873, becomes Rwanda’s new number one after toppling Godfrey Kabera (Eagles Chess Club) who is rated 1859.
Fidele Mutabazi, with the highest rating of 2089 is not active and thus not considered in the classification.
# The newly rated players Name Rating
1 Rugema Ngarambe 1873
3 Ben Tom Zimurinda 1786
5 Eugene Kagabo 1732
8 Jean Baptiste Hakizimana 1680
8 Gabriel Ntabonsanganywe 1680
11 Fernand Mugisha 1551
Rated players before the recent tourney
1 Fidèle Mutabazi 2089
2 Godfrey Kabera (CM) 1859
3 Joseph Ngendo 1835
4 Alexis Ruzigura (CM) 1754
5 Maxence Murara (CM) 1732
6 Théotime Rutaremara 1717
7 Kevin Ganza 1709
8 Alain Patience Niyibizi 1554