Amahle knighted in chess battle

2017-06-15 06:00
Sarah Cherundolo, Mamazana Ngqele, grade 5 pupil Amahle Zenzile (9) with her chess trophy, Principal Vuyi Ndunduzela and Lizzy Leichtle at Mbasa Primary School in Crossroad in Cape Town.         Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

Sarah Cherundolo, Mamazana Ngqele, grade 5 pupil Amahle Zenzile (9) with her chess trophy, Principal Vuyi Ndunduzela and Lizzy Leichtle at Mbasa Primary School in Crossroad in Cape Town. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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Amahle Zenzile,9, took her school by surprise when she won a chess competition in April.

The grade 5 pupil from Imbasa Primary School in Crossroads only learnt how to play chess in November 2016.

But she entered a competition and came out tops!

Amahle said: “I was so amazed to have won because I didn’t know I was that good. I competed against kids who’ve been playing chess for years.”

Pupils from various schools took part in the event, which was held at the Crossroads Library. It was organised by the Crossroads Chess Club.

Amahle said she wanted to teach other kids how to play.

Principal Vuyelwa Ndunduzela said: “When Amahle won, I immediately introduced chess to grade 1 and 2 pupils.”

The principal said she brings a professional chess trainer three times a week to teach the pupils.

“They play chess when they are done with their school work.”

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