Botswana: Chess Club On Development Path

| July 7, 2016

Serowe-based chess club Ice Queen has embarked on a development spree to get young players for chess beginning at primary schools.

Speaking in an interview at the just ended two day Central Region Primary Schools Chess Championship tournament played in Tutume recently, the club's president, Tshimologo Kolaatamo explained that as a club, the aim was to focus mostly on development in order to develop the sport and make it popular among the young players that are up coming.

He pointed out that the intension is to have developed five grand masters of chess in the next five years. He said it is for this reason that last year the club organised a training session for primary school teachers and upon completion they gave out 150 chess boards to be used in training young players at their schools.

Kolaatamo further stated that because of their eagerness to broaden their development mandate, upon hearing of Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association games schedule for the Central region which comprises of 16 zones, they decided to orgarnise a championship tournament which at the end of which they would have selected five players in each category of boys and girls to represent the region at the national tourney to be played in Gaborone next week where 11 regions are going to meet.

Furthermore, he noted that for the games to be an inspiration to young players, they brought along national Under 18 champion also national team player, Khumo Mooketsi whom he said started with her while she was doing standard four in 2007 developing her until she became a senior team player.

He further highlighted that Khumo will next month leave with the other young players to participate in the Africa Youth Chess Championship to be played in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

He said on her return from the games, she will also fly out to Azerbaijani to play in the Chess Olympiad at the country's capital city Baku.

At the Olympics, he said she will be among the top five national team players who qualified for the games as she scooped position four to make it ito the team to represent Botswana.

At the end of the games the 10 players picked were in the girls category Tshepo Boji of Tutume West, Mpho Johannes of Bobirwa, Olorato Days and Peo Baloganye both of Palapye North and Tlotlo Nkole and Miranda Setlogetswe of Palapye South made the team with Miranda picked as reserve for the girls team hence making the girls team to have six players.

In the boys team Kingbernad Sekoto of Boteti East, Boemo Dimakatso, Ofentse Boitshepho and Motheo Maboka of Bobirwa as well as Steven Pheko of Serowe South and Ponty Ditebo of Serowe made top five of Central region to represent them at the nationals.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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