Chess Club needs funds

2019-03-07 06:02
Amahle Zenzile PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Amahle Zenzile PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Crossroads Chess Club is appealing to the community and local business people to assist them with funds for one of their members, Amahle Zenzile (11) and club coach Thando Hlakula, to participate in the South African Junior Closed Chess Championship to be held in Johannesburg next week. The competition will continue from Saturday 16 March until Sunday 23 March.

Amahle will be representing the Western Cape after winning the provincial leg of the contest in December last year. And she could well go on to represent South Africa at the international championships later this year.

Club marketing manager Bukiwe Zinganto said the club is bankrupt and it is their wish to see the duo taking part in the contest.

“In total we need about R12 000 for both of them. The money comprises accommodation, catering and flight tickets. It doesn’t have to be cash, vouchers will also be appreciated,” she said.

Zinganto described Amahle as a “brilliant player” with a bright future.

“Chess is a mind game. It needs focus and dedication. It also sharpens the mind,” Zinganto said.

The club was established in 2015 to take children away from the streets.

Zinganto said Amahle had participated in various tournaments. She had also represented the Western Cape Chess u.12 team in the South African Junior Chess Championship held in Johannesburg in December last year.

“She brought home two trophies. The team won a silver medal and a she won a board prize for her outstanding performance,” she said.

Zinganto added that Amahle is going to the tournament as individual and if she wins she will qualify to represent the country in the international tournament which is not yet been confirmed.

Hlakula described participating in the tournament is a “huge achievement” for them.

“It is not only an achievement for Amahle, but for the club and community at large. It is a monumental achievement to her, especially now that she is going to play as an individual,” he said.

The Grade 7 learner from Mbasa Primary School, in Crossroads, also participated and won the Open Schools Trial held in Grassy Park in January this year.

She also particpated in the 2019 Chess Rapid Tournament which was held at Crossroads Library last month.

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