via Mabvuku win own festival – The Zimbabwean 14 July 2015
Mabvuku high school are the winners of their own chess festival which they hosted on the 11th of July. There were 30 teams which took part in this tournament.
There were 3 sections one for the primary, senior boys and senior girls. In the boys division Mabvuku walked away with the first prize followed by Mufakose 2 High school which came second and Mabvuku B team eventually coming third. Mabvuku A team played a pulsating fifth and final round against Budiriro 4 Primary school team which played in the seniors category.
The boys have a lot of potential. Teams like Mazowe, Prince Edward, Churchill and Harare high school were not present. In the senior boys category Munyaradzi Thom of Mabvuku high school was the best player of the tournament with a perfect score on board one.
While in the senior girls category Isabel Masawi of of Mufakose 2 High was the best player on board one. There was stiff competition in the girls category as they battled it out as 6 teams. Eventually Mufakose 2 scooped the honours after defeating the other teams in the category.
Oriel girls team came second. Marcia Dzimba who is their best player led them to this position. In third position was Queen Elizabeth school who have not been playing chess for sometime since one of the former chess administrators John Vekris was in charge at the time.
In the Primary section Budiriro 3 Primary school came first in this category ahead of Budiriro 4 and Blakiston and Alfredbeit school. Glen Norah Knights also took part in this tourney though the competition was very hot for them. The young lads have a lot of potential. The tournament Director FA Chimbamu was assisted by FA Gumbe Farirai and Ziome Munashe to run the wonderful tournament.
Meanwhile on the international scene our own IM Rodwell Makoto drew against Super Grand Master Nigel Short in the SA Open recently was tied fourth in a start-studded field which had Grand Masters and International Masters from around Europe and Africa.
His performance rating was well above 2420. Spencer Masango also played well so was Takawira Eric and Michael Musekiwa who is a student at Midlands State University doing a Degree in Risk Management. He is also a member of the winning team in the ZTISU chess championships recently held at Harare Polytechnic.
All roads will be leading to Masvingo for the Masvingo Grasnd Prix this coming weekend. The tournament will be played from the 18th-19th of July. For more information get in touch with FA Clive Mpambela.