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Local club brings big chess tournament to city

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The competition is open to all age groups as well as clubs and school based teams

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Kimberley’s Moja Chess Club will host the first ever Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) rated chess tournament in the Northern Cape next month at one of the Sol Plaatje University’s examination halls.

Tournament spokesperson JJ Mokoena said the dates from March 2-4 had been reserved to host the championship in Kimberley.

Mokoena said that they were expecting quite a line-up of talent.

“The tournament will attract some of the best players in the country and neighbouring states. In the spirit of development in Frances Baard and the Province at large, we want our players to be exposed to the highest level of chess in Southern Africa.

“We want this to happen in our own backyard since most of our players don’t afford to go to national tournaments.

“Our goal is to see our youngsters become international masters and grandmasters in the long run.”

Mokoena continued to speak about the extended benefits of the sport.

“Chess is known to instil discipline and improve critical thinking. It has also been shown that chess players perform well academically.”

Mokoena and co-tournament organiser Paul Matsie confirmed that the organisation had a number of venue options open to them but decided on Sol Plaatje University as the most suitable because of its centrality; including that many students are also regular participants in the association’s chess tournaments.

Mokoena said the tournament will have an A and B entry sections, (an FIDE players classification system), both of which will offer prize-money for the champions and as well as for runners-up two and three. There will also be prize-money for the best female player of R750.

The competition is open to all age groups as well as clubs and school based teams.

Mokoena may be contacted for further details at: 076 337 6298