The Rwandan Chess Federation, FERWADE, plans to revamp chess in the country with the aim of getting more internationally ranked players.
In an interview with Times Sport recently, the president of FERWADE, Ngarambe Rugema, said Rwanda currently had only two players ranked by FIDE, the world chess body.
He said that the tournament, which kicked off on 4th March at Hotel Meridien will spread over weekends, until the final which is slated for 13th March.
At the same time, Rugema revealed that the open tournament was modeled along the Swiss system.
"A player can join at any stage of the tourney but is not allowed to quit. This is to prevent disorganizing pairings and to avoid stronger players meeting weaker ones in the final since this would not help in the final rankings," Rugema explained.