CHESSA Tournament – Real chess champions seem to be born and bred, or at least trained, in eMkhondo.
Chess is “a board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible (checkmate)”. Local chess players are, not daunted by any of these! During the CHESSA (Chess South Africa) tournament that took place at the Piet Retief High School on 23 April, quite a few champions emerged. Different sections are determined according to either age or ratings.
B Section players, for example, have a birth date of 2000/2001 or a rating of over 800 (level of play). Champions were: Open category: Johan Viviers (an adult) – first and Zethemba Mavela (Ndlela High School) – third. B Section: Phila Mabaso (Ndlela High School) – first, Hanno Viviers (Piet Retief High School) – second and Lily Carr (Piet Retief High School) – third. Section C: Lené Viviers – second and Joshua Carr – third, both from Piet Retief High School. A relatively new player, Henno Smit (Piet Retief Primary School) won his section (D), by winning all his matches. Congratulations to you all! The circuit chess schools championship, an elimination round, also took place at the Piet Retief High School on Wednesday, 27 April. Six schools were represented at these championships. More than 60 primary and high school learners took part in this elimination round of which 39 advanced to the next phase, which would have been the Mkhondo Municpal Championships set down to take place on Saturday 7 May.
Unfortunately no schools took part in the Amsterdam championships on 27 April. The 39 Piet Retief participants who made it through to the Mkhondo Championships therefore automatically advance to the Gert Sibande Championships on 21 May. The Mpumalanga Championships will take place on 18 June where seven participants in each section (boys and girls U/13, U/15 and U/18) are chosen to take part in the National Championships from 10 to 16 July. Congratulations to all of you who made it to the next round and good luck!