Chess champions excel

2016-09-13 06:00
 Photo: supplied The team (from left) Mrs Ruth Etyang (School Chess co-ordinator), Sizwe Ndlovu, Senzo Nzama, Nkazimulo Mbhele, Nkululeko Mbhele, Mr RV Mtheku (principal - Sthokozile Secondary). Missing were Thulani Makhathini and Philani Mbhele from KwaSanti Secondary.

Photo: supplied The team (from left) Mrs Ruth Etyang (School Chess co-ordinator), Sizwe Ndlovu, Senzo Nzama, Nkazimulo Mbhele, Nkululeko Mbhele, Mr RV Mtheku (principal - Sthokozile Secondary). Missing were Thulani Makhathini and Philani Mbhele from KwaSanti Secondary.

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MORE than 200 chess players, including a Beier Chess team from Sithokozile Secondary School in Clermont and KwaSanti Secondary School, participated in the eThekwini Chess Youth Trials recently at the Open Air School in Glenwood.

Six participants from the Beier Chess Programme played their way into the KZN team.

Beier Chess coach Mbongeni Sithole said: “This is the most number of players from any one chess programme to ever make the KZN team at once."

The Beier Chess in schools programme is proudly sponsored by the Beier Group, which includes Beier Drawtex Healthcare (wound healing textiles), Beier Envirotec (industrial and engineered textiles) and Neucoat (coated textiles).

This programme sees chess introduced and taught at local, under-resourced schools in the greater Pinetown and New Germany area.
The Beier Group are very passionate about education and believe that it is the responsibility of organisations to give back to the areas in which they operate.

“Upskilling of students is imperative, especially in the areas of maths and science. We therefore support a maths and science programme in such schools, as well as our chess programme.

“We strongly believe that the skills acquired through the discipline of chess will go a long way in contributing to the character and success of an individual in terms of discipline, patience, strategy and consequential thinking skills,” said Hans Beier, Beier Group chairman.

“Having the team’s transport, entry fees and lunches sponsored by Beier was a huge blessing as often chess champions from outlying areas cannot afford to take part in such tournaments and miss out on wonderful opportunities,” said Sithole.

The six pupils from the Beier Chess in Schools team will now represent KZN at the South African Junior Chess Championships in Pretoria in December.

“Well done to the team, what an incredible accomplishment.

“The success of these youngsters from Beier Chess in Schools programme clearly illustrates the vast untapped potential that exists within our local schools that are under-resourced," said Winston Owen, Beier Group HR manager. - Supplied.

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