New chess club seeks community assistance

2018-07-18 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedUsing borrowed equipment, the Imbali Chess Club hosted a successful winter chess tournament.

PHOTO: suppliedUsing borrowed equipment, the Imbali Chess Club hosted a successful winter chess tournament.

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A NEWLY formed chess club in Imbali is asking for help from anyone willing to assist in supplying the club with chess equipment.

The Imbali Chess Club was formed in May by Bheki Majoro and has since attracted 30 players. The players range between the ages of 18 and 25.

Majoro said the aim of the club is to teach people how to play chess and also develop those who already play.

He said the Umgungundlovu Chess Association, which is the district federation, has also been encouraging people to open chess clubs in their areas.

“I took the challenge and I opened the Imbali Chess Club in May. I started thinking about it in March and everything began in May.

“I want to use my chess skills to teach others, especially children from the age of 10.

“We want them to keep busy during school holidays and on weekends and we want to develop them in this kind of sport.

“I have noticed that there are a lot of children who play chess but they only do it in school. I want them to grow even outside of school. I believe that, although chess is not a traditional sport, it helps develop skills and improve your way of thinking,” he said.

Majoro said he started playing chess in 1985 and hasn’t stopped since.

Besides starting this chess club, Majoro teaches chess in different schools in Imbali and surrounding areas.

“We recently hosted an Imbali Chess Club tournament, which was a very big success, but we still have challenges. The chess equipment that we used was borrowed from schools, which is not good.

“We need assistance with chess sets, chess clocks and 30 golf t-shirts, that will be our uniform. We really need help because we have really good players.”

For more information on how to join the club, or assist with their needs, contact Majoro at 061 434 6214.

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