Chess Olympiad 2018: Rwanda face Antigua and Barbuda, Sierra Leone in second round

The country's 10 players, including four teenagers, missed round one games on Monday after arriving in Batumi late in the day.
Joseph Nzabanita takes on Antigua and Barbuda's Hannibal Fleming in his first match today. File photo

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Board pairings for round two

Women’s category

Rwanda vs Sierra Leone

Odile Kayitesi          vs          Sarah Kamara
Layola Umuhoza     vs          Adiratu Kamara
Joselyne Uwase       vs          Mariama Djelo Bah
Aline Niyonsaba      vs          Samuella Conteh

Open category

Rwanda vs Antigua and Barbuda

Fidele Mutabazi      vs      Matthew Bailey
Maxence Murara    vs      Jerry Aska
Joseph Nzabanita   vs      Hannibal Fleming
Ian Urwintwari      vs      Seymore Smith

Rwanda’s Open and Women teams were Tuesday morning paired against Antigua and Barbuda as well as Sierra Leone, respectively, in round two of the ongoing Chess Olympiad 2018 in Batumi, the second-largest city of Georgia.

The country's 10 players, including four teenagers, missed round one games on Monday after arriving in Batumi late in the day.

Games get underway at 1PM local time (3PM in Batumi) every day. The world’s biggest chess tournament started Monday – and will climax on October 7.

Teenagers on the team are Ian Murara Urwintwari, 16, his sister Layola Murara Umuhoza, 15, Joselyne Uwase, 15, and Christelle Uwamahoro, 14.

In the open team, the five players are; Dr Joseph Nzabanita, Candidate Master (CM) Maxence Murara, Fidele Mutabazi, Urwintwari and Alain Niyibizi.

The women team comprises Uwase, Niyonsaba, Umuhoza, Odile Kayitesi and Uwamahoro.

At the Chess Olympiad, countries field four players during a match.

Organized by the world chess federation (FIDE), the Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament that attracts the best players from all over the world to compete.

It comprises open and women’s tournaments, and other events designed to promote the game of chess.

This is the 43rd Chess Olympiad.

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