World Chess Vice President to Visit Rwanda

The vice president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Ali Nihat Yazici is expected to visit Rwanda from March 12-14 in a bid to spread the game in the East African country especially in schools.

Yazici will be accompanied by the president of the African Chess Confederation, Lakdhar Mazouz with the main objective of launching the ‘chess in school project’ in Rwanda.

Yazici who is the chairman of the chess in school commission is also the president of the Turkish Chess Federation and has amassed massive success that many countries can refer to, to spread chess in their countries.

Speaking exclusively to Focus Sports, the vice president of the Rwanda Chess Federation (RCF), Kevin Ganza said, “This is an opportunity for us to create awareness in Rwanda about the game of chess and to do this in schools will be great since this is the grassroot level where we can identify young talent.”

This initiative has identified the domain of science and technology and will in parallel help RCF in detecting the young ones who are talented in the game of chess.

Yazici who transformed the Turkish Chess Federation from having 300 members in 2001 to over 900, 000 in 2014 believes that nothing is impossible in any country as long as there is a vision and hard work.

Ganza affirms with Yazici and mentioned that plans are already underway to increase awareness of the game in Rwanda.

In December last year, teenage sensation Ian Urwintwari Murara represented the country at the World Youth Chess Championship in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and it is such participation at high level events that is set to encourage more youth to love the game.


Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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