Clerk skilled at chess

2016-10-26 06:00
Mahoana Victor Seleka, an administration clerk of the Bethlehem Police, has excelled in the provincial chess team.  Photo: Supplied

Mahoana Victor Seleka, an administration clerk of the Bethlehem Police, has excelled in the provincial chess team. Photo: Supplied

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Bethlehem. Z Mahoana Victor Seleka, the administration clerk of the Bethlehem Police, can be considered a skilled chess player.

Chess is arguably the most interesting of all board games. This mental sport, mostly associated with formulating game strategies and tactics, is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Very few possess it as a forte or have the natural talent to win at it.

After passing gruelling trials earlier this year, Seleka was included in the provincial chess team. The group represented the Free State in the 2016 National South African Police Services (SAPS) Chess Championship held from 7 to 14 October in Johannesburg. Nine provinces and headquarters participated.

Seleka distinguished himself in both the individual and team categories. The highlight was his inclusion into the national team, which is scheduled to represent the SAPS in June 2017 at a venue still to be announced.

To top it all, he brought home a gold medal after representing the Free State in board-one games. In these games the strongest players clash against equally strong players from other provinces. Facing one after the other competitor, they heard him shout “checkmate”.

The Bethlehem-born father of one has attributed his success to words of encouragement from his commanders and teammates.

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