Mufakose 2 High wins St.Johns chess festival

Mufakose 2 High are the winners of the just ended St. Johns chess festival which was held on the 28th of February at St. Johns college.

chess2The team won all its five games, but escaped from the jaws of defeat against Mabvuku the defending champions who failed to defend their title which they won last year.

The two teams met in the fourth round and Mufakose 2 won 2,5-1,5. Munyaradzi Thom who was on board one left a free Queen in a won position in blitz ending , so was Phillip Jekera who was on board two for Mabvuku.Farai and Acious Peisa won their games after being given the free Queens. This made the game easier. On board three Solomon Chimuzura drew , while Trevor Macheka won his game on board 4 to make the score 2,5-1,5 in favour of Mufakose 2 High school.school. Mufakose 2 High school had a walk in the park in the final round when they white washed Prince Edward school who were led by Greenwell Chimanya in the absence of Alpha Chaendera one of their star players.
Prince Edward secured a third place out of 25 teams. In the final round Mabvuku played against bitter rivals Goromonzi high school and won the game 3,5-0,5. Panashe Munemo is the only one who drew against Trevor Macheka on board four. CBC of Bulawayo came 4th out of 25 teams. They played very well and secured this spot walking away with a prize for coming out fourth. Meanwhile Brett Kwembeya was the best player on board one while Acious Peisa was the best player on board 2.Gilbert Shonhiwa was the best player on board 3 and Trevor Macheka was the best player on board four. These players won some chess sets and personal shields for their efforts.Teams in the senior division won some chess sets, certificates and prize money.
Mufakose 2 won a floating shield, cash and a certificate for the school.Harare High school were the winners of the junior division. They won a shield , chess set and a certificate for the team as well as some cash.Zengeza 1 boys came second, followed by Goromonzi High school team B followed by Prince Edward school. Tinei Chimondira,Panashe Majoni,Samuel Sunguro and Kudakwashe Jokonya were the best players on boards one to four respectively. Meanwhile Dominican Convent were the best senior girls team as well as the best junior team for the tourney. Cathrine Mafa was the best senior girl of the tourney winning 4 games and only drawing one game. Rumbidzai Mawire was the best junior girl player .The youngest player to win a match was Tawananyasha Mawire of Avondale Primary school.
Refiloe Mudodo also played well for her team as she played on board one gunning down some secondary players in the tourney, so was Calixto Hernandez who also had a 50% score in a start-studded field which produced some pulsating games which were mouth-watering. The chief Arbiter for the tournament was FA Farirai Gumbe who was assisted by NA Admire Mawire ,Charles ‘Mashark’ and Arigundiya. The tourney was the first schools tourney of the year only two days after Harare schools chess league had begun. The schools chess league now has 8 Divisions and fire works and eruptions are expected to erupt as we begin the season. Meanwhile in Division one Prince Edward dismissed Goromonzi 3,5-2,5 in the first league encounter! Watch this space for more details.
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