Schools chess tourney on the cards


THE BULAWAYO Chess Association (BCA) has organised The Fifth Girls’ College Open tournament which will see high schools from different parts of the country battling it out on Saturday.


Girls’ College will host the invitational tournament.

BCA publicity secretary Russel Dzute confirmed the tournament and said they were expecting 25 schools to take part.

“The tournament will be held at Girls’ College this coming Saturday. It is an invitational tournament that will see schools coming from different parts of the country,” he said.

Christian Brothers’ College, David Livingstone, Dominican Covent (Harare), Falcon, Gifford, Dominican Covent (Bulawayo), Goldridge, Kyle College, Masiyephambili, Milton, Mpopoma, Nkulumane, Montrose, Northlea, Peterhouse, Prince Edward, Petra, St John’s, Usher and Townsend are some of the high schools that have confirmed their participation.

Dzute said they were happy to have such tournaments that have a developmental impact on the sport.

He said the future of the sport would be invested in the juniors as they had already started the Bulawayo chess league.

“It is good to see such tournaments happening; we have junior chess players we are trying to nurture so their participation in such tournaments confirms that there is something happening on the ground. The future of chess in the country is in their hands so we call for such tournaments to be organised very often,” he said.

The tournament will see BCA association scouting for young talent as they are working on a scholars team composed of Bulawayo-based students that will register with the association and take part in the league. Dzute added that they were still trying to involve women in chess and the tournament would provide such an opportunity to encourage girls to take up the sport.

Nomalungelo Mathe of Sizane High School has emerged as the city’s source of inspiration as far as chess is concerned as she has travelled to countries as far as Brazil through the sport.

She has won many pieces of silverware in national competitions and she is one of the tournament’s favourites in the women’s category at this weekend event.