Under 14 boys and girls are gathered at Ambassadors Hotel to play the Heroes chess championships. The tournament was organised by the Zimbabwe Chess foundation in collaboration with Harare Chess Association in a bid to improve the children's game. Special mention goes to Crystal Candy Private Limited the sponsor for the Junior tourney.

chess-victorThese games are being used as preparations for the  youth chess championships to be held in Port Elizabeth , South Africa in preparation for the African youth chess championships from 21 August- 29 August. The tournament will run from the 6th-9th of August at Ambassador hotel in the Executive room. The Chief Arbiter for the tournament is IA Simbarashe Murimi, while the Deputy Chief Arbiter is FA Farirai Gumbe. The sectional Arbiters are NA Chenjerai Madamombe, NA Admire Mawire and NA Charumbira Lordwill.
The tourney is divided into two sections, the Masters section and the Open section. The Masters section is composed of 18 players while the open section is composed of 30 players. Anashe Murinda defeated Tinashe Chigova in round one, while Ethan Lavendale lost to Rudaviro Dzenga in one of the most interesting games of the day.
Mathew Mhlanga defeated John Chibvuri Jnr in round one before losing his round two game to Craig Mandimutsira after more than forty moves.The youngest boys in the Masters section are Tinaye Madamombe and John Chibvuri Jnr. Rumbidzai Mawire, Rudaviro Dzenga and Anashe Murinda are the girls taking part in the Masters section causing a lot of upsets to the boys. In the open section Liaison Jasi is leading with two points out of the two games played so far. He defeated his young brother Nathan Jasi in round one in an epic battle on the checkered board.

Meanwhile the Men’s National chess championships is under way at Causeway and the Defending Champion INTERNATIONAL MASTER RODWELL MAKOTO is out to defend his title. He is likely to face stiff competition from Spencer Masango, Elisha Chimbamu and Emerald Mushore who are also part of the Olympiad team set to travel to Russia next month. Makoto was delayed and is set to play his first game against Castro Sibanda who defeated Elisha Thabo in a very interesting tactical game, before playing against Spencer Masango.
IM Makoto has the highest rating on the active chess players in the country and has a point to prove why he is the country’s highest rated player in Zimbabwe.In the Candidates section Lewis Kahoba, Heath Darare and Hamilton Mandeya will be eyeing the first place. The ladies are playing with the gentlemen in the open candidates section to sharpen their games before they depart for Baku. More news will be coming as the tourney progresses.

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