Chess tournament held to encourage pupil participation

2016-08-03 06:00
PHOTO:  supplied Pupils at the weekend chess  tournament.

PHOTO: supplied Pupils at the weekend chess tournament.

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A TOTAL of 80 pupils from various Umgungundlovu­ schools took part in a weekend chess tournament at Alexandra High recently.

The tournament was organised by the PMB Chess Federation and the Umgungundlovu Chess Association and saw pupils­ from seven municipalities, under Umgungundlovu district, competing.

Nqobile Mbangela, Xolani Mndebele and Kiashen Maharaj were the top performers in their age groups. Umgungundlovu Chess Association secretary, Lindokuhle Ngubane, said the tournament was initiated to encourage pupils to take up chess as an extramural activity and to launch the newly formed Maritzburg Chess Club.

“The aim is to assist pupils reach national-level competitions and help them improve their thinking and logic through chess.

“At a later stage the plan is to have chess clubs in all seven municipalities because we currently have one that is affiliated with our organisation.

“We also want to encourage pupils from all backgrounds to take part in chess.”

Selected players will get a chance to take part in the South African Chess Championships in Boksburg, the South African Local Government Association games, and the presidential chess tournament at Nkandla.

“The association is here to give players an opportunity to acquire titles and compete regularly at national level and encourage them to play chess professionally.”

He said they want to start training at the Bassie Head Library on Saturdays with junior players and university students.

Those interested in joining the club will have to pay a membership fee of R30.

For more information about the club, contact Ngubane on 084 828 3885 or email bbntnn86@gmail.com

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