THE BULAWAYO Chess league will kick off on Saturday and clubs have already started registering for the new season.
Bulawayo Chess Association (BCA) public relations director Russell Dzute confirmed the developments.
National University of Science and Technology (Nust), Khami Prison, ZRP Drill Hall, ZRP Fairbridge, Hillside Teachers’ College, School of Mines, Bulawayo Chess Club and the Midlands State University (MSU) are some of the clubs that have registered so far.
“The league will start on January 18 and clubs have already started registering. Yesterday (Saturday) we distributed registration forms to clubs and most of them responded positively. We are looking forward to an interesting season,” Dzute said.
He said they were still waiting for schools to open so they form a scholars’ club that will also register with the BCA league.
The inclusion of schools in the league has been pointed out as fundamental developmental project by the BCA as they aim at producing future international masters from the region.
“We are arranging to have scholars’ club which is going to be composed of students from different schools in Bulawayo. They are going to register as soon as schools open. There is also a club from Nkulumane that has been formed and I understand they are yet to find a proper name for it,” he added.
Registration fee is $50 for each club and clubs can have two teams in the league.
The association has made strides in including women in chess as there is a women’s league. Clubs like MSU, Hillside Teachers’ College, Nust, BCC, ZRP Drill Hall and School of Mines have already confirmed their women’s teams in the league.
Bulawayo-based chess veteran Ronald Chimanzi donated trophies that will be presented to the winners at the end of the season.