Mudodo shines at the African

Refiloe Mudodo of team Zimbabwe played very well in the African Youth Chess Championships held in Port Elizabeth from the 8th-16th 0f October.

She was playing in the under 8 girls category which included players from South Africa ,Algeria , Botswana, and other African countries. She was tied on the 3rd position with Visser Anika of South Africa.

They both scored 6 points out of 9 games of play. She is becoming one of the strongest players in the country and the region. Joubert Natasha of South Africa won the section with 8/9 points. She was followed by Benelfekir Imene who had 6,5 points. The other players who took part in the African Youth Chess Championships are Takunda Mudzingwa who was in the under 14 boys category,Gerald Musonza under 10 boys,Mpumelelo Moyo under 12 boys ,Rumbidzai Mawire under 10 girls ,and Hazel Ruzani in the under 12 girls category.

There was stiff competition which our players were not able to resist from the hot potatoes like Egyptian giants.In the under 14 boys category Fawzy Adam won it with 8 points out of 9 games of play.

Though he lost his last game against Chris Kolver of South Africa he won it convincingly. Mpumelelo Moyo found the going tough in the under 12 boys category as he finished with 3,5 points out of 9 games of play. Takunda Mudzingwa started well but was later defeated during the course of the tourney. He cited time pressure as the main factor because it was not the 30 minute incremental time ,but a 30 second per move increment which he is not very familiar with.

He is used to the 30 minute increment time. Tiffany Darling of South Africa played in the male section of the under 14 boys category, she defeated Takunda in their game with the white pieces. Gerald Musonza finished with 2,5 points in the under 10 boys category. Rumbidzai Mawire won one game and I think with time and exposure she can do better.

Hazel Ruzani finished with one point in the under 12 girls category. This completes the results for the African Youth Chess Championships concerning team Zimbabwe which comprised of 6 players and accompanying parents who included Joseph Moyo, and Refiloe's mother.

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