Chess for all takes centre stage

2018-05-10 06:00
Victors Judd Emelio, Archford Nyamazana and Charles de Villiers at the Crossroads Chess Championship 2018 which took place this weekend in Bellville.

Victors Judd Emelio, Archford Nyamazana and Charles de Villiers at the Crossroads Chess Championship 2018 which took place this weekend in Bellville.

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The first annual Crossroads Open Chess Championships kicked off to a raving reception this past weekend with over 200 competitors.

The event was hosted by the Crossroads Chess Club and it was held at the Bellville Technical School.

It was the club’s first major tournament and ran from Friday to Sunday, featuring novices and highly rated individuals.

According to the club coach Thando Hlakula, the event was a success with the more than the expected turnout.

“These types of tournaments usually have around 160 finalists on the day but we finished with 210. We would like to thank everyone who attended for the support,” he said.

The tournament was divided into four categories each, ranging from the development section where young children, squared up to the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (Fide) rated players or the World Chess Federation.

Fide connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition.

It rates players in different categories based on the points they accumulate in the games they play in competitions.

The event had an elite category where players of skill with 3200 to 1500 points competed.

In this section, Charles De Villiers took the top spot.

In the B Section were players rated from 1000 to 1499 points, Ashford Nyamazana won first place with Judd Emilio taking the C section that consists of players rated from 0 to 999. Youngster Emily Groove took the development section on the day.

“This tournament has been great for us because it gave our players exposure to top competitors and to also test how far we are as well,” he said.

Hlakula also thanked the sponsors and individuals who supported the event and made it a possibility.

“We would like to thank Philippi Spar for providing catering for our players and Ziyawamo Arts and Culture for helping us with funds for trophies, medals and refreshments,” he said.

He also said that due to the success of the event they are looking at hosting it again next year.

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