Harare successfully defend title

Harare Province won the just ended NASH National scholars chess championships held at Victoria High school from the 4th-8th of April.They won 5 gold medals and 3 silver medals in the competition.

Harare won gold medals in the under 14 categories for both boys and girls.Takunda Mudzingwa of st. Georges and Tanyaradzwa Maguwu of Gateway High school were the winners. Takunda only drew one game while Tanyaradzwa lost a game out of the nine rounds of play.

Lawrence Tavagwisa of Mufakose High 2 won gold medal in the under 16 boys category with 8 points out of 9 games of play.Macheka of Mazowe High school in Mash Central came second with 7 points to win a silver medal.Victor Muchemwa of Gifford came third after winning a lost game to Thomas Amin of Mabvuku High school ,in Harare.

Tatenda Matemavi got a gold medal in the under 18 boys category with 7,5 points beating Baila Kuzimwai of Harare again to second position on bucholtz to collect a silver medal for Harare.Matemavi defeated Tafadzwa Gubba and Tanaka Marwizi both of St.Ignatius in some of his most prized career wins.He beat Marwizi in a pulsating game to collect the gold medal.Baila also made sure that he stopped Gubba to run away with the title when he defeated him in the eight round.

Tanaka Marwizin was also defeated by his schoolmate in the seventh round to lead with six out of six rounds.Matemavi and Baila drew their game before rising to the occasion to claim the title for Harare.In the under 20 boys category Emmmanuel Musekiwa of Kuwadzana High won a gold medal in this category with 7,5 points.He was tied with Taringana Guranungo of St.Georges College but were separated with bucholtz.He won a silver medal.

Collete Wakuruwarehwa came first in the under 20 girls category with 8,5 points out of nine games of play.Chiedza Chisi of Harare's Convent High school came second to claim the third silver medal for Harare.Bulawayo came second on the medals list with 2 gold,1 silver and 2 bronze.Mash West came third with 1 gold and 2 silver medals.Mash Central were the most improved province with 1 silver medal won by Macheka.Masvingo did not fare very well coming fifth with 3 bronze medals.

Mash East came sixth with 2 bronze medals.Mat North came sixth with 1 bronze medal.Midlands,Mat South and Manicaland were eight to ten respectively winning no medal.Mr .J. Madhuku of Pamushana who is the President of NASH was the guest of honour at this occasion.He presented some prizes to the winners and urged Heads to support this game.Hats off to Masvingo Province who were led by Mr Richard Govathson in preparing for the tourney which was second to none.The hospitality was of par excellence.

Well done.Harare coach Mr Victor Chimbamu was very elated for successfully defending the title by setting a record.The winners will make up a National team which will represent Zimbabwe in either Egypt or Mozambique at the Africa Youth Chess Championships.Meanwhile the ZISCA board which was led by Mr Joseph Moyo of Msengezi was dissolved.Ten Provincial chairpersons were co-opted to work with the NASH leadership.Harare's representative is Mr.C.Bepe of Prince Edward School.

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