According to the Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) president Kevin Ganza, the Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament will fortify the relationship between Rwandan players and players from the East African region.

The annual event is scheduled for June 9-11 at Classic Hotel Kicukiro, Kigali and Ganza who believes the presence of other regional players particularly Ugandans will enhance the tournament reputation says the tourney will strength the relationship in the region.

“There is no doubt their presence will make the tournament more competitive and enhance its reputation. It will help our players evaluate their performance as it is not often that we meet them on the chessboard,” Ganza said as quoted by The New Times.

“Our players will learn a lot. Lucky ones will raise their ratings too. Also very important is that the tournament will further strengthen our relationship with players from the region.”

Over nine Ugandan players will grace the tourney, with Fide Master Harold Wanyama leading the rank table at the event.

Kenya has two players so far including Gohil Mehul and Ricky Sang registered for the event that is a week away.

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