Rwanda: World Chess Day 2021 – Rwandan Chess Players Celebrate Online


Chess as a game of strategy and wits has long been considered to be the thinking game. It is a wonderful game to play anytime, anywhere, and with almost everyone.

July 20 is here and for those who are not aware, that’s International Chess Day.

This day is celebrated every year as the founding day of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) which marks its 97th anniversary this year.

According to chess.com, on this day, chess enthusiasts from all over the world celebrate the game. Players, clubs, and organizations from around the world create and participate in events to celebrate this remarkable game.

Alain Patience Niyibizi, FIDE Arbiter and the President of Kigali Chess Academy says an online blitz was started on July 19 and concludes today, July 20.

“During this blitz, a chess player will have ten minutes and can play four rounds per day. The winners will be given prizes including medals, WiFi devices and airtime bundles proudly sponsored by Airtel,” he said.

“Also, the world chess cup is currently ongoing in Sochi, Russia with the best world players featuring, so I think every chess player will have their eyes on the broadcasting platforms.”

Niyibizi revealed that usually if it wasn’t Covid-19, on this day, chess players in Rwanda would meet physically and play a few over-the-board blitz (speed) games with friends and try to teach other people how to play chess as much as they can.