Very successful chess tournament

On the 28th of November, pupils from various high and primary schools took part in the combined Knights Chess Academy Zimbabwe and Soul Trust '2015 End Grand Individual Schools Chess Tournament'.

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The chess tournament was organised by John Chibvuri, director of the Knights Chess Academy Zimbabwe and Soul Trust Chairperson, Ms Moira Adler as a fundraising exercise to benefit less privileged, talented children to participate in the Africa Youth Chess Championships to be held at the Braeside Catholic Church Hall in Lusaka, Zambia from the 5th to the13th of December 2015.

90 Participants from various schools took part in the tournament with its four main categories, namely; under nine and under 13 junior sections and separate boy and girl sections for high schools.

Category winners – first to fifth places

Under nine winners: Takunda Maxen/Willenita School of Chess Kwekwe, Tafadzwa Chaparamhosva/Twin Rivers Primary, Hazel Kachikwa/Willenita School of Chess Kwekwe, Rufaro Mangwende/Twin Rivers Primary and Tawanda Nhapata/Willenita School of Chess Kwekwe.

Under 13 winners: Lee-Roy Mpala/Willenita School of Chess Kwekwe, Panashe Edward/Knights Chess Academy, Herbert Mhlanga/Knights Chess Academy, Sunganai Kariwo/Eastridge Primary and Rufaro Chikaka/Willenita School of Chess Kwekwe.

High Schools boys section: Brandon Jobe/Zengeza High, Lindon Zvinyenye Highfield High, Tafadzwa Zvidzai/ZRP boarding school, Yeukai Mhlanga/Budiriro and Panashe Chimbwanda /Highfield High.

High Schools girls section: Candidate Master Kundai Murinda/St Johns Emerald Hill (a perfeft five out of five in all five games), Rumbidzai Chimanja/Queen Elizabeth, Purity Makazhu/Girls High, Rejoice Risinamhodzi/Queen Elizabeth and Tinodaishe Chivhunga/ Queen Elizabeth.

Trophies, prizes, certificates, books on chess and medals were handed out to winners and leading competitors.

The game of chess is gaining in popularity in schools and a lot of new talent is being identified. We wish all the players who are lucky enough to attend the Lusaka tournament from the 5th to the 13th of December everything of the very best and hope they bring all the trophies home!

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