HCA holds maiden chess tournament

HARARE - The newly-formed Harare Chess Association (HCA) chairperson Farirai Gumbe says the sport helps improve the learning, thinking, analytical power, and decision-making ability of children.

This comes after the association’s first successful maiden tournament dubbed the HCA Independence Chess Tournament held last weekend at Ambassador Hotel which saw 11-year-old Refiloe Mudodo from Marondera winning in the girls section.

The Grade 5 student amassed six points from the seven games she played losing once in the tournament to Termine Chizikane.

“Chizikane was second with 5.5 points, while Paidaishe Zengeni was third with 5 points. Namalungelo Mathe, Tatenda Zengeni and Linda Shaba were all tied on fourth position with 4.5 points,” Gumbe told the Daily News.

“Refiloe won a Huawei tablet and some cash as well as a trophy for her efforts. The other players won some cash and chess sets from positions two to four.”

Men’s Open section saw 25-year-old Elisha Thabo defeating Svinurai Chakurira in the third round before winning against Anesu Masimba in the final round to win the tourney with 6.5 points out of 7 games.

Kudakwashe Sibanda came on third position with 5.5 points, he was tied with Terence Mukovhiya with the same number of points.

In the Under-13 boys section, Rufaro Chikaka from Kwekwe, who also represents Zimbabwe at Africa Championship, Takunda Mutyasira and Tinashe Philemon were all tied at 5.5 points after seven rounds.

Tinaye Madamombe came fourth with 5 points out of seven rounds of play and the section had 24 players.

HCA plans to make the tournament an annual event.

“We are trying to get the kids off the streets by keeping them occupied. We will have at least one tournament every month and in the absence of any competition we will be visiting our structures in schools training trainers,” Gumbe said.

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