Munyaradzi Zvidzai was on board one for the hosts and he lost the pulsating game against Kudakwashe Zimbowa. Kudzai Mhandu of Gokomere was his game on board two. Hebert Mhlanga of Zengeza 1 won his important game on board 3 and Theophilus Setete of Zengeza drew against Calvin Mukwena in the final round of the tourney to edge the hosts 2,5-1,5.
Gokomere high school had to settle for the second position in a start-studded field. There were 23 teams in the open section for boys with teams coming from as far as Mas Central like Bradley High school, Seke Mhuriimwe to name the schools which came from different provinces besides the ones in the hosting province, Masvingo.
Bradley High school came third with 6 points out of 10 points. Zimuto High school team came fourth. Teams which came first to third got some medals, certificates and chess sets.Best players on boards one to four got some medals. Kudakwashe Zimbowa white washed all his opponents winning a gold medal and an individual certificate, Prowess Phiri of St. Antony won a silver medal on board 1, while Munyaradzi Zvidzai got a bronze medal and a certificate. On board 2 Kudzai Mhandu of Gokomere won a gold medal with a perfect score, while Loius Mandebvu of Dewure and Tinotenda Zirima of Silveira won silver and bronze respectively. On board 3 Hebert Mhlanga of Zengeza 1 High, Livingstone Chavakira of Gutu and Munashe Sharara won gold, silver and bronze respctively. Finally on board four, Theophilus Setete of Zengeza 1 high school , Calvin Mukwena of Gikomere and Joseph Hwata won gold, silver and bronze respectively as well as certificates. Each participating school got a chess set in an effort to spread the game’s love to the schools as well as promoting its growth.
Meanwhile in the girls section Mutendi High school won the section winning 4 games and drawing one game. They beat the leaders of the tourney in the last round Gutu High school to claim the first position of the tourney. Gutu High school came second followed by Mukaro High school. In the girls section 20 teams took part. Edith Juru of Bradley high school was the best player on board one in the girls section with a perfect score demolishing all her opponents. Pauline Mukoni and Ruth Mangwengwe won silver and bronze respectively. On board two Tanaka Pawandiwa, Everjoty Musikavanhu and Kudzai Bema won gold, silver and bronze respectively.
On board three Tapiwa Mtemah of Gokomere High school was the star player with a perefect score to claim the coveted gold medal.Mildred Vunganai and Ruvimbo Nyawo won silver and bronze respectively. Ndomupeishe Mapengo was the best player on board four with a perfect score, followed by Kelly Mudoko of Mukaro high school and Natasha Man’ozho of Bradley High school. They won gold ,silver and bronze respectively. The tournament Chief Arbiter was FA Chimbamu who was assisted by Masimba Mutakaya of Gokomere high school the host in charge of chess also being the provincial chess coach for Masvingo. “The level of chess is improving in schools and hope that one day Zimbabwe will have more International Masters and Grand Masters,” were the remarks of the tournament Director.
The tournament was Zengeza 1 “s first major win after coming second at Mazowe chess festival where they came second behind Mabvuku High school. More news will come as pupils prepare for a grand stage at the Africa Youth chess Championships to be held in Port Elizabeth ,South Africa.Post published in: Sport