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Rwanda determines Open Team for 44th Chess Olympiad 2022

The Rwanda Open Olympiad Team has been named for the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022, which takes place from July 28th to August 10th in Chennai, India.

The team members were selected at the end of the second and final qualification phase, which took place at Hilltop Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda from 23-27 May. The event was played as a 10-player round robin tournament with Anastase Barajinginywa emerging as the Winner of the Championship with convincing 8.5/9 points. The best ranked five players of the event made it to the Rwanda National Team. (scroll down for final rankings of Rwanda Olympiad Qualifier event)

Rwanda Open National Team:

  1. Anastase Barajinginywa
  2. Kishitij Goyal
  3. Lionel Nditabinye
  4. Maranatha Nduwayesu (1829)
  5. Hassan Murenzi (1585)

The interesting thing about the team is that the top three players are unrated, and all five will be making their maiden Olympiad appearances.

A number of countries already revealed the composition of their teams for Chennai, such as:  Norway, Germany, Spain, SerbiaMontenegro, MonacoKenyaIndiaUgandaSri LankaMalawiSouth SudanMongoliaArgentina … The 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai will be the record-breaking Chess Olympiad as already 187 teams enrolled for the event. In the previous Chess Olympiad held in Baku in 2018, the participation record of team numbers was set with 176 countries, 184 teams in Open section, and 150 teams in the Women’s section. With more time left before the registrations are closed for Chennai, it is almost ensured that the new participants record will be broken. Read more about the new record here

Photo from the 2022 Rwanda Olympiad Team Qualifiers.
Photo from the 2022 Rwanda Olympiad Team Qualifiers.
Photo from the 2022 Rwanda Olympiad Team Qualifiers.
Photo from the 2022 Rwanda Olympiad Team Qualifiers.

Final rankings – Rwanda Olympiad Qualifiers:

Rk.NameRtgFEDPts. TB1TB2TB3
1Barajiginywa Anastase 0RWA8.5033.34.5
2Kshitij Goyal 0RWA6.50.524.33
3Nditabiriye Lionel 0RWA6.50.521.32.5
4Nduwayesu Maranatha 1829RWA6021.53
5Murenzi Hassan 1585RWA5.5016.31.5
6Zimurinda Ben Tom 1725RWA4.5010.30.5
7Nkuyubwatsi Eddy Christian 0RWA2.508.251
8Mugisha Ivan 1524RWA2040
9Tumuheirwe Jesus 0RWA1.512.50
10Cyubahiro Ben Patrick 1685RWA1.505.50.5


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