Mabvuku high win MAFLICG chess festival

Mabvuku High school are the winners of the 2014 edition of the Mazowe chess festival sponsored by MAFLICG played on 22 March at Mazowe High School. Mabvuku won all their 5 games in this tourney to capture the title from Goromonzi High School the defending Champions.

Mabvuku survived some very tough opposition from Mazowe High and Glen Norah Knights in a star-studded field with 44 teams in the boys section. They shocked Glen Norah Knights in the 5th and final round by defeating them 2,5-1,5. Jemba Jemusse had his stiffest competition of the day when he faced Munyaradzi Thom of Mabvuku on board one.

Their game had to be finished in blitz and Thom eventually lost in a tightly contested game. On board 2 Vincent Mabodongwa lost a seemingly won game to Brian Shokoni in another blitz ending. On board 3 Mpumelelo Moyo shared the spoils with Solomon Chimuzura while the decider of the day was played on board 4 where Collins Mabodongwa lost to Rufaro Ncube.

He misplaced his knight and in the end lost it The end game seemed to be a draw with Rufaro having an extra minor piece which seemed useless, but he eventually found a winning touch after exchanging the rooks. It was a sweet victory for Mabvuku who never lost a single game and overcame their rivals Glen Norah Knights who had earlier defeated the tournament favourites Goromonzi 3-1. Anesu Gwezere misplayed when he left his rook hanging Jemba saw the move and punished his opponent for the misplay.

Kudzaishe Manyanya lost a game he had seized after Vincent had left his Bishop hanging. He then capitalised on Manyanya's mistake and he later recovered his Bishop in the end game. St.Georges College also played very well. They shared the spoils against Glen Norah Knights in round 4 and won their final round game against St.Alberts to finish second with 4,5 points.Goromonzi and Mazowe A teams were tied on third position. Goromonzi got the third spot on higher board points.

Mabvuku High won a Shield,7 chess sets a demonstration board,2 DGT clocks as well as $100 for the individual players who lifted the shield. St.Georges won a shield, 6 chess sets,DGT clock and $80 for the individual players in the team and Goromonzi won 4 chess sets, a shield and $60 cash for the players. In the girls section twenty teams took part. St.Alberts won the section with 4,5 points followed by Msengezi with 4 points and Bradley A with 3,5 points came third. St.Alberts drew against Convent Girls High of Harare in a pulsating game. Elaine Gatsi lost a very tactical game against Samantha of St.Alberts. Goromonzi girls team came 4th with 3 points.

The tournament had a lot of prizes for the development of the game. Victor Chimbamu the coach for Mabvuku High school was very elated for lifting this tourney which was very difficult and full of talent. Farirai Gumbe and Tribulation Motsi ran the tournament with Mr Silver and Mutowembwa being the Directors. It was a successful tournament which attracted a lot of teams.

Dzivarasekwa fielde 4 teams which is commendable. The game is developing and becoming popular to all the schools in Mash Central, Mash East, Harare and Mash West. It had the highest turnout since its inception. If it continues like this then very soon Zimbabwe will have a lot of International masters, Candidate Masters and FIDE Masters.

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