Zim chess team ready for Olympiad

HARARE - Zimbabwe Olympiad chess team captain Elton Mhangarayi has backed the team to excel at the 41st Chess Olympiad that begin next week in Tromso, Norway.

Zimbabwe will send 11 players and two officials to the event.

“We are now prepared for the event, everyone is geared, our aim is to finish as the top African team at the event although the competition will be stiff, we are going to put maximum effort,” Mhangarayi told the Daily News yesterday.

“This is not our first time to participate at the event, Robert Gwaze once won gold at the tournament.”

South Africa-based Rodwell Makoto will be one of the country’s leading contenders.

Makoto will be hoping to rediscover his fine form which saw him winning gold in the Capablanca Chess Festival in South Africa in 2012 before coming first in the South Africa Ope, where he beat grandmasters from China and France.

Makoto then finished first at the Kwazulu Natal Spring Championships in August the same year.

He signed off the year by finishing in position 18 in the 40th Olympiad Chess tournament in Turkey.

Other top Zimbabwe players traveling to Norway include Castro Sibanda, Spencer Masango, Farayi Mandizha and Emarald Mushore.

In the women category, Zimbabwe will look up to the Zengeni sisters – Paidashe and Tatenda – alongside Rhoda Maziyazi, Colleta Wakuruwarehwa and Nomalungelo Mathe.

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