Eugene Kagabo emerged as the winner of the 2016 Rwanda Open after he benefited from a surprise loss by CM Ben Magana to CM Godfrey Kabera in round 6. Eugene grabbed his chance with a fine win in the last round to score 6/7 and place first on tiebreak. CM Magana and CM Kabera ended second and third respectively.

The tournament attracted a total of 44 players from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and was another major step forward for the Rwanda Chess Federation. The tournament also saw the emergence of a strong junior player from Burundi as 15 year old Ezra Chambers scored 5/7 to place 6th overall whilst also claiming the best junior prize.

Another encouraging aspect was the number of woman players participating. Kalisa Odile scored a commendable 4/7 to win the best ladies prize whilst finishing 15th in the overall standings!

Another major highlight was recorded by Daniel Sangi who became the first player from the DR Congo to secure his FIDE Rating. With an estimated population of almost 80 million people, the DR Congo appears to be a sleeping giant in the region and we hope to see many more players from this country achieve similar rates in regional tournaments in the near future!

KCF Africa would like to congratulate all the winners as well as the Rwanda Chess Federation on a well run tournament. Final standings are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr204642.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=7&flag=30&wi=821.