GM Maurice Ashley departs New York this morning for the start of his 20+ hour journey to Kigali in Rwanda. He is scheduled to conduct the final leg of the Chess Masters for Africa tour in Rwanda.

Maurice will be in Kigali until Sunday morning and will be the guest of honor during the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Tournament. This KCF sponsored event takes place at the Classic Hotel and has attracted a number of top players from Uganda and Kenya who are expected to provide some stiff opposition for the locals who are also seeking the title.

All tournament participants will have an opportunity to learn from Maurice as he has a number of open classes scheduled during the course of the event.

After finishing his schedule in Rwanda, Maurice will move on to Windhoek in Namibia where he will again conduct training sessions for the local CMAT trainees. He will then travel to both Paris and Leuven where he will again be anchoring the on-site commentary teams for the Grand Chess Tour rapid and blitz events.

We wish to welcome Maurice back to Africa and we wish him luck in both countries.

Entries for the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Tournament are still open and further information and links to the online entries are available at

Players wishing to follow all the action from the tournament can do so at