Chess: Uwase tames Tz’s Bertha to earn WFM title

Joselyne Uwase, 15, won the WFM title, an upgrade from the WCM she landed on Monday. File photo.

Rwandan youngster Joselyne Uwase, 15, on Thursday afternoon made history again after she won a game that allows the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to confirm her Woman FIDE master (WFM) title at the 43rd Chess Olympiad 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.

This came after she made the move that tamed Tanzania’s Bertha Samson, in their round 10 encounter on board two.


Uwase was playing black and won the game in 56 moves.


Earlier, on Monday, FIDE confirmed the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title for the young Olympiad debutante from Gikondo, a Kigali suburb, after the seventh round.


Her WCM was a first for Rwanda.

In an Olympiad, a 50 per cent winning rate in a minimum seven games earns a player the WCM, or CM for men. A 65 percent rate in 9 games bags the higher WFM or FM.

After a round 8 win on Tuesday her performance stood was 62.5 percent.

A win against Samson on board two was supposed to deliver the goods. And it did.

The teenager was rested on Wednesday when her team played Mozambique so that she could recharge her batteries and recover from Tuesday’s fatigue and headache.

The women squad started round 10 with 10.5 points while Tanzania’s women had 9.5 points.

On Wednesday, when Uwase was resting, all her teammates lost their games against indomitable Mozambique.

Her return on Thursday, it seemed, worked some magic as they trounced Tanzania 3-1.

Only Layola Murara Umuhoza, 15, lost the game on board one.


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