Poisonous Snakes Defend Tittle

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Poisonous Snakes have successfully defended their National Development Bank (NDB) club chess championships title after a great performance which yielded 13 points on November 23.

Loaded with top chess talent including International Master (IM) Providence Oathotse, Fide Master (FM) Phemelo Kheto and Kenneth Boikhutshwane, Snakes romped to six victories out of seven rounds from the two-day Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) organised competition in Tlokweng.

Led by Oathotse and Kheto from boards one and two respectively, the team which also included Abdul Kamara, Tumelo Seane and Boitumelo Radikoro, was in a menacing mood from the onset. They defeated Board Experts 4-2 in the first round before edging the much improved Orapa Team A by 3.5 to 2.5 points.

After dropping a point for the only time in the tournament by drawing in round three, Snakes cruised to four more victories in the last rounds to wrap their second club chess championships title in two years. They received a floating trophy, gold medals and P9 000 first prize.

In a repeat of last year’s finishing order, En Passant Chess Club Team A were runners-up again this year after collecting 12 points from six victories and one defeat, collecting silver medals and P7 500.

The team which comprised some of the best young players in the country including Thato Olebile, Thabo Gumpo, Goabaone Tangani, and women international master (WIM) Kgalalelo Botlhole, continued to post impressive results after winning the Debswana Club Championships last month.

Third place went to Black Bishops, who staged a late surge by winning their last two rounds to finish with 11 points after five victories and a draw, collecting bronze medals and P5 000.

Orapa Chess Club, which finished 13th last year, rose to fourth place this time round. A total of 20 teams competed at the competition which is the biggest club chess competition in the country. Long time backer National Development Bank sponsored this year’s event to the tune of P60 000.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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