Uganda has further improved by five places from 102nd to 97th as per the latest global chess rankings released by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Uganda’s position in November 2015 when the ratings were last released was 102nd. An improvement is a vivid indicator of the trend of development and growth of the game.
On the East African block, Kenya closely follows in the 122nd position, having fallen by two slots from 120th. Rwanda has moved up seven places to from 162nd to 155th. Tanzania (159) and Burundi (161) bettered their previous performances from 164th and 163rd, respectively.
On the continental Zone 4.2, where East Africa also falls, Egypt still carries the mantle in the 43rd place having bettered from 46th as Algeria is 69th. Other African big weights are Tunisia (74) and Morocco on 76th.
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation is an international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. It is usually referred to as FIDE, its French acronym.
FIDE was founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924. Its motto is Gens una sumus, Latin for “We are one people”. Its current president is Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. He remains so even though he suspended some of his authority at a December 6, 2015 Presidential Board meeting, at which Deputy President Georgios Makropoulous received these powers, following the statutes.
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