The Churchill Festival Chess tournament a team event (four players aside) was held on Saturday the 30th of June 2012. It was a four round event which attracted 23 teams in the senior section. Other sections were; the ladies, junior (under 15) and the primary school sections. Prince Edward with 3.5 points came first in the senior section closely followed by Churchill who had the same points, but separated on the cumulative board points basis. The Glen Norah Knights Chess Academy (GNKCA) took the bronze medal spot with 3 points. GNKCA performed very well considering three of their youthful players are of the primary school level.
Round 2 against Highfield High, The Knights thrashed them 4-0
Two weeks earlier GNKCA went to Masvingo for the Gokomere Festival and snatched the shield from the jaws of giants defending champions Prince Edward and Churchill in style thrashing them 3.5-0.5 each. In the first round of the Churchill Festival it was an electric battle Prince Edward vs GNKCA, it was a revenge mission for PE. Prince Edward won 2.5-1.5, and in the next three rounds the Glen Norah Knights massacred other top teams Highfield High, Churchill B team and Tafara High by a whitewash 4-0 each! The winning Prince Edward Team had A-Level students: Jerry Matemavi, Alfred Mashava, Innocent Dambe and Lovemore Madare. The GNKCA team comprised of: Zhemba Jemusse (15) Form 2 at Seke 4 High, Alpha Chaendera (12) Grade 7 at Southerton Primary, Kudzai Mhandu (10) Grade 5 at Marimba Primary, Collins Mabodongwa (10) Grade 4 at Kundai Primary.
Churchill B against The Knights and ‘The Bulldogs’ were humiliated 4-0
One Glen Norah Knights supporter said, “Those wishing to win a game against the very young Glen Norah Knights challenge them you might get a draw, they all play at lightning speed backed with thunderous ideas. One of them reminiscent of Magnus Carlsen the Norway Super GM, plays whilst kneeling on the chair…now imagine in a couple of years when he can properly sit in full view of board!”
The last & 4th round, Tafara High being humiliated 4-0 by the young Glen Norians.
In the junior section (under 15) Goromonzi high took the first spot. Churchill’s sister school Roosevelt came first in the ladies section. Chinembiri won the primary category.
Top 5 Final Standing, after 4 rounds (23 teams Senior Section)
Prince Edward 3.5
Glen Norah Knights Chess Academy 3
Tournament Organizers:Victor Chimbamu (Vice Chairman Harare Province, Mabvuku High) 0773 210 741
Mr Bepe (Chairman Harare Province, PE Teacher) 0772 818 386
Mrs Gandidzanwa (Churchill T.I.C Chess) 0733 843 490