It was a nice and memorable Schools team tournament in Masvingo 300km from the capital city Harare whilst on that very day top Zim player Lewis Kahoba or "Zihoba!" was busy beheading the heads of other giants in The Gweru Grand Prix Tourney! There were three main sections, Boys section, Girls section and junior section. 25 teams took part in the boys, 20 teams in the girls as well as 10 teams in the junior primary sections. Prizes were good, an improvement to previous tournaments. Overal boys section top 3 were: 1st Shungu High from Kwekwe, 2nd Serima High from Masvingo, 3rd Mbizo High from Kwekwe. In the girls section: 1st Gokomere from Masvingo, Regina Mundi from Gweru, 3rd Mutendi from Masvingo. They all got Chess Sets and Certificates.
In addition there were super board prizes. Prizes were the same on all boards for both boys and girls sections as well as junior section. Prizes were given to top 3 players per each board! Number 1 got $15, no. 2 received $10 and no. 3 earned $5 per each board. A good incentive indeed.
BOARD PRIZES: Boys; Board 1: no. 1 was Mutyiri Hillary (Shungu High), no. 2 Goshomi Takudzwa (Gutu High), no. 3 Zirima Takudzwa (Silveira High)
Girls; Board 1: no. 1 was Nicollette Nicodemus (Regina Mundi High) , no. 2 Diana Mudavanhu (Gokomere High), no. 3 Chipo Mapondera (Regina Mundi High)
Boys; Board 2 no. 1 was Muwirimi Takunda (Shungu High), no. 2 Zhira Alex (Serima High), no. 3 Ruzvidzo Tafadzwa (Silveira High)
Girls; Board 2 no. 1 was Charlotte Ngirandi (Mbizo High), no. 2 Praise Chikwadze (Gokomere High), no. 3 Juliet Mugadza (Silveira High)
Boys; Board 3 no. 1 was Mukumbukeni Wayne (Pamushana High), no. 2 Munhupedzi Tapiwa (Mbizo High), no. 3 Mhandu Kudzai (Gokomere High)
Girls; Board 3 no. 1 was Tapiwa Mtema (Gokomere), no. 2 Letwin Banda (Pamushana), no. 3 Virginiah Chikuse (Regina Mundi)
Prizes went on to board 4 positions 1 to 3 as well. In the Junior Primary Section, Victoria Junior School, Willenita School of Chess from Kwekwe as well as Knights Chess Academy Zimbabwe players participated. Knights Chess Academy’s team had Rumbidzai Mawire (9), who won best girl board 1 prize junior section as well as Tawananyasha Mawire (6) board 2, John Chibvuri Jnr board 3 and Tinaye Madamombe (6) anchoring on board 4. Willenita School of Chess had their chess wizards as well grade 7 pupils Clive Kofi (best boy board 1) and Clever Gambe who a week earlier came 1st in the Senior Section of Windview Festival alongside girl sensation Refiloe Mudodo.
Meanwhile, Knights Chess Academy Zimbabwe is to have its group session this Saturday 27th June 2015 at Cabal Christian College, Gazaland area, Highfield Harare.Time is 10am, and youngsters from as young as 5 years you are most welcome. Contact 0773 927 141 for more information……………. Come let’s prepare for THE ALFRED BEIT PRIMARY SCHOOL WINTER CHESS FESTIVAL in Mabelreign Harare slated for Saturday 4 July 2015!