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Promising future beckons for Kimberley’s young chess boffin

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The young player’s remarkable achievements have recently earned him a prestigious opportunity to represent the Northern Cape as the youngest chess player in the province at the upcoming Spartan Bishops Chess Championships in Rustenburg, scheduled for May 3-5 this year.

At just seven years old, Adam Meyers is already making significant strides in the world of chess. Picture: Danie van der Lith

A PROMISING young talent with an already impressive list of achievements has made his entrance on the local chess scene. At just seven years old, Adam Meyers, a Grade 2 student at Staats Primary School, is already making significant strides in the game.

Young Adam’s journey into the world of chess began when he was even younger and was fueled by his passion for board and card games. However, of all the games he dabbled in, it was chess that captured his interest the most, leading him to embark on a serious pursuit of the game at the age of five.

After receiving his training through the Frances Baard Schools Chess Club and actively participating in Chess Tanza/Knights Social competitions, Adam has honed his skills both within his school’s chess club and through external competitions.

Last year, Adam clinched his first victory in a chess competition held at the Teachers Centre in Kimberley, marking the beginning of what would turn out to be a series of triumphs.

Also in 2023, Adam’s talent was recognised on a broader scale when he emerged victorious in the Northern Cape Chess Closed Competition in the Under-8 category. Despite being just seven years old, Adam frequently competes in the Under-10 category during provincial trials due to a shortage of players in his age group.

The young player’s remarkable achievements have recently earned him a prestigious opportunity to represent the Northern Cape as the youngest chess player in the province at the upcoming Spartan Bishops Chess Championships in Rustenburg, scheduled for May 3-5 this year.

However, despite his abilities, Adam’s journey is not without its challenges. According to his mother, Merissa Meyers, one of the main hurdles they face is the long hours on competition days. Managing fatigue and maintaining focus amidst lengthy breaks between matches poses a significant challenge for both Adam and his parents.

Yet, despite the obstacles, Adam remains dedicated to his craft, often practising against family members to sharpen his skills before competitions. His strategic approach to the game reflects a maturity beyond his years, as he carefully considers his moves and takes his time before making decisions.

Beyond the thrill of victory and the acquisition of medals and trophies, Adam finds joy in the camaraderie and friendships forged through chess competitions. His mother attests to the positive impact chess has had on Adam, noting improvements in his focus, determination, and academic performance.

In a bid to support Adam’s burgeoning chess career, his mother has initiated a donation drive, inviting individuals to contribute R50 towards Adam’s overall expenses for the upcoming competition. Donations can be made to M Meyers Capitec Bank Savings Account, Account number 149 716 3089.

With provincial colours already under his belt, Adam has set his sights on earning national colours and harbours dreams of one day representing South Africa on the international stage.

And who would bet against him achieving this dream, after all, his unwavering dedication, coupled with his natural talent, positions Adam Meyers as a rising talent in the world of chess, inspiring admiration and hope for what promises to be a bright future ahead.

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