Chess Maniacs Clash Over Easter Holidays

| April 2, 2015

Brains will be working tirelessly this Easter holidays as chess maniacs clash in the Metropolitan National Chess Championship at President Hotel.

The open section promises to be action packed and mouthwatering battlefield with experienced players battling it out with young stars. The fresh blood displayed skill and vigour during the qualifying stages toppling over seasoned players along the way.

The youthful trio of Tsaone Mokgedi, Otsile Mapini and Clifford Masole will without any doubt stir the open section, nevertheless they should brace themselves for an uphill battle as they face world titled masters.

International Master (IM) Providence Oatlhotse seeks to stay at the apex as he was leading the pack during the second qualifiers with Candidate Master (CM) Sasitharan Abhiram behind him.

More upsets and surprises are expected in the women section where youngsters have also proved that they are in it to win, as the qualifying stages unpacked over the past months.

Little star, Koziba Mokhuzeni, who finished in the second spot at the qualifiers after handing Woman International Master Tshepiso Lopang and Boitshepo Rebatenne an early exit is expected to twinkle.

Familiar and long standing faces are visible in the women section with the likes of Women International Maters (WIM) Boikhutso Mudongo, Onkemetse Francis and Kgalalelo Botlhole, Women Grand Master Tuduetso Sabure and Women Fide Master Thapelo Francis.

The finals will be a round robin tournament from April 3-6 where the winner will walk away with the coveted and the most prestigious National Championship title.

The Open Section champion will walk away P9 000 richer and a gold medal while the ladies section winner pockets P6 000 and a gold medal.

All the other competitors from both categories will pocket prize money to the last person in position 10. Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) and Metropolitan have endured an eight years partnership with the sponsorship deal having grown over the years as it stands at P120 000 this year.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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