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Maxence Murara
Number of games in database: 68
Years covered: 2004 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 1800
Highest rating achieved in database: 1944
Overall record: +16 -46 =6 (27.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C00 French Defense (5 games)
B30 Sicilian (4 games)
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B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack (2 games)
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A04 Reti Opening (2 games)
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   M Murara vs S Gontcharov (Oct-05-18) 1-0
   Vianney Archeveq Koualet-Bebondi vs M Murara (Oct-03-18) 1-0
   Luis Guterres vs M Murara (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   M Murara vs Adama Mawulikplimi Ephoevi-Ga (Oct-01-18) 0-1
   M Murara vs Taffin Khan (Sep-30-18) 0-1

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(born 1972) Rwanda

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Maxence Murara (team captain for Rwanda in 2014) has played on all the Olympiad teams for Rwanda between 2000 through 2014. His game was already finished 1st - an hour earlier than the other three ongoing games - before the incident of the game K Meier vs A Niyibizi, 2014 at the Chess Olympiad (2014) final match between Rwanda and Seychelles, which had ended unusually. Alexis Ruzigura might have been in contention for a Candidate master title as a result of the team standings in the round, but the captain "chose to sacrifice two games as loses in a gesture of goodwill to Seychelles, a decision which did not go down well with his teammates (1)." Kevin Ganza (president of the chess federation of Rwanda) did agree with his decision.

Links to G Kabera vs P Meier, 2014 (1st board; see 1st link above for 2nd board), M Murara vs Ragul Pillay, 2014 (3rd board) and B Hoareau vs A Ruzigura, 2014 (4th board) were the other games of that final round.

Further Reading: (1) , (2) , (3) , (4) , (5) , (6)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Murara vs E Dervishi  0-1332004Calvia OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. E Righi vs M Murara  1-0362004Calvia OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. M Murara vs L Mueller  0-1382004Calvia OlympiadE61 King's Indian
4. M Murara vs J Baules  0-1392004Calvia OlympiadE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. M Murara vs R Bancod  1-0382004Calvia OlympiadA00 Uncommon Opening
6. S Fancy vs M Murara  1-0462004Calvia OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. P Valentin vs M Murara  0-1262004Calvia OlympiadB50 Sicilian
8. M Murara vs C Van Tilbury  0-1322004Calvia OlympiadC44 King's Pawn Game
9. R Phillips vs M Murara  1-0442004Calvia OlympiadB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. M Murara vs M K Wong 0-1222006Turin OlympiadB01 Scandinavian
11. D Gajadin vs M Murara  1-0202006Turin OlympiadB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. R Zamora vs M Murara  1-0492006Turin OlympiadE60 King's Indian Defense
13. M Murara vs D Jere 0-1282006Turin OlympiadC02 French, Advance
14. M Murara vs T Gillani  0-1282006Turin OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
15. W Hook vs M Murara  1-0592006Turin OlympiadD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. M Murara vs Yueh Wei Po  ½-½422006Turin OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. M Murara vs S Wilkinson  ½-½242006Turin OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
18. W Jacobusse vs M Murara 1-0512006Turin OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. N Arora vs M Murara  1-0382006Turin OlympiadC00 French Defense
20. M Murara vs J Silveirinha  0-1562006Turin OlympiadD05 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Murara vs Z Kovacova  0-1242006Turin OlympiadD05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. E Righi vs M Murara ½-½642006Turin OlympiadC00 French Defense
23. J M Santa Torres vs M Murara  1-0462008Dresden OlympiadE73 King's Indian
24. M Murara vs H Boshku  0-1362008Dresden OlympiadB30 Sicilian
25. M Murara vs P Rowe 0-1392008Dresden OlympiadB07 Pirc
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Dec-13-06  Karpova: From Rwanda

An actor?
Possibly, considering the movie he played in (filmed in Rwanda).

May-21-14  Nonnus: TEN-YEAR OLD Murara Umuhoza Layola defied odds to earn a slot on the national team which will represent Rwanda at the 41stWorld Chess Olympiad slated for August 1-15 in Tromso, Norway.

Layola won the ladies' chess tournament to book a place as Rwanda's Board 1 member at the Olympiad later this year.

She finished top after a head to head contest with four other players to score 4.5 points out of 5. Other members of the women team include Christella Rugabira (4 points), Marie Faustine Shimwa and Monique Uwinkesha (3 points each) and Aline Niyonsaba with 2.5 points.

Layola, the youngest player in the squad will be making her debut in the main world tournament. Last year, she failed to qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship in United Arab Emirates after finishing second behind her 11-year elder brother Ian Murara Uwintwari who represented Rwanda at the Al Ain edition.


Like daughter like father, <Maxence Murara> the father to Layola also secured a national slot as he finished third, tied on seven points with Eugene Kagabo and Alain Patience Niyibizi to seal the national team slots.

Candidate master Godfrey Kabeera who won the men's chess tournament after securing 12.5 points out of 14 and Alex Ruzigura who finished second with 8 points are the other members on the men's team.

The ten chess players will now have to mentally prepare excellently with two months to go so as to register outstanding performance in Tromso.

Rwanda has previously participated in several Chess Olympiads but failed to impress - and the country is currently ranked 145th in World ranking behind regional giants Uganda at 105, Burundi at 128 and Kenya at 139.

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