Mashumba wins 2019 Glen Norah Chess Academy Africa Day Tourney

Ian Mashumba is the joint winner of the 2019 Glen Norah Khights Academy Chess tournament. He won it ahead of Roy Mwadzura and Daniel Marumbini a Scholar from Norton with 6 out of 7 games of play. In the process Mashumba drew two games against Roy Mwadzura and Muzhingi Taurai.

This was a very interesting section as it had many surprises in the process and the most expected high fliers failed to live to the expectations. Roy Mwadzura proved to be one of the best players as he was among the cream of the tournament. Matiringe Archford and Muzhingi Taurai were tied on fourth position with 5.5 points. Katsande Tanaka and Muzhingi Shingirai were among the best under 1600 players who took part in the open section and proved that they could hold their own against the highly rated players. They were handsomely rewarded for their efforts.
Madamombe Tinayae and Mawire Tawananyasha took part in this tournament in the open section and they both finished with 3/7 games.

They fared well considering that they were playing against the highly rated senior players. In the ladies section Woman Candidate Master Kudzanai Charinda won the first prize for the section. She defeated her compatriots and finished with six points out of the seven games which they played. In second position was another Woman Candidate Master Makwena Christine who finished with 5.5 points after defeating Chaparadza Talydyne in the final round in an interesting game which had a lot of tension. Tatenda Zengeni came third with five points, she defeated WCM Rumbidzai Mawire in the final round to finish with five points.

Isabel Masawi came fourth with 4.5 points while Talidyne Chaparadza came fifth with four points, WCM Mawire Rumbidzai, Chipidza Mary and Masango Hazel all finished with four points in this section and walked away with some cash prizes. The senior men or open section also had some cash prizes for winning in this tournament. Madamombe Anotida was the best performing young player in the ladies section and she walked away with her consolation prize for her efforts.

Glen Norah Knights Chess Academy hosted a very successful chess tournament from the 25th-26th of  May at Shiriyedenga Primary School.

There were learners from primary school taking part as well as those from Secondary School, Ladies and the open section. There were nineteen players in the under 8 / 10 section. Thirty- eight players took part in the under 12/ 14 section and this brought to a massive fifty -seven players juniors who took part in this first ever tournament with such a high magnitude of players from other clubs and communities taking part.

The tournament was an initiative that was supported by the Zimbabwe Chess Foundation, Tose Sonke and FA Mawire’s hand was also there in the inception of this tournament which kept some players busy over the holiday and ensured that there was active chess playing which took part during this Holiday which fell on a Saturday. The best under 8 girls player was Nicole Chibvuri of Shiriyedenga Primary School the hosts who was a gold medal with a perfect score. Nicole Munjoma of Zuvarabuda Primary School. In the under 8 boys catergory Mukundi Madzikwa of Hartmann House Primary School and also a member of the Young Chess Masters Academy won a gold medal in his category with a perfect score whitewashing all his opponents.

In second place in the under 8 category was Hope Murefu of Shiriyedenga Primary School and Oneil Hamunakwadi of Tiny Tots Primary School got the bronze medal. Meanwhile in the under 10 boys category John ale Primary School Chibvuri Junior of Shiriyedenga Primary School was the best player winning a gold medal in style with a perfect score again following the sister’s performance.

Lennon Matereke of Queensdale Primary School won a silver medal while Malcom Masango of Kundai Primary School scooped a bronze medal. In the under 12 girls category Ruth Mubvereki of Shiriyedenga Primary School won a gold medal, while Ashley Mpofu of Shiriyedenga again came second winning a silver medal. Cynthia Siyanjema of Ruvheneko Primary School came third in this category and won a bronze medal. Under 12 boys winner was Tapiwanashe Muyambo of Mberi Primary School who defeated all his opponents to finish with a perfect score.

Blessing Manyumwa of Kundai Primary School scooped a silver medal, while the bronze medal went to Nyasha Kanoerera of Kundai Primary School. In the under 14 girls category Nyasha Chinoto of Glen Norah 2 High School won a gold medal while Kudzai Maruma of the same School scooped a silver medal. Damelsa Sibanda chazuka scooped the bronze medal for the under 14 girls section.

Meanwhile, in the under 14 boys category Tatenda Chazuka of Glen Norah 7 Primary School won the coveted gold medal in the under 14 boys category followed by McAnorld Nyamini of Shiriyedenga Primary School who won a silver medal. Joseph Mpande of Glen Norah 7 Primary School came third and won a bronze medal in this section. The tournament was organised by Glen Norah Knights Chess Academy in conjuction with the Zimbabwe Chess Foundation and Tose Sonke. Simbarashe Murimi was the Chief Arbiter of the tournament. A lot of talent was shown during the tournament as many players showed that they had improved from the previous tournament.

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