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Chess to host six FIDE tourneys

Publishing Date : 05 February, 2018

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) will this year open a new chapter, hosting six historic FIDE rated tournaments this year.


The Federation which has been lobbying to host the events for some time now is also delighted by the fact that the chess league will also return this year after eight (8) years. The league will be powered by Debswana and more details are still being finalized before it takes off.


Metropolitan National championships, Gaborone International Open and the Maun International Open are some of the tournaments that will be FIDE rated. The Botswana International Open and Blitz Champions will also complement the roller-coaster that would see locally hosted events used to grade players.


“We are very happy with this because it will improve the strength of our players. More rated tournaments equals more rated players and higher ratings,” BCF publicity secretary Kutlwano Tatolo said. “This is a new development where we tried by all means that all new tournaments we introduce should come in as rated tournaments,” she added. BCF has assured that more of the events will also be FIDE rated.


Air Efficiency champs sets the tone

All roads last weekend led to Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School for the season opener. The tournament aroused interest across the chess paradise with teams that have been defunct since the disappearance of the league using eyeing the championship to assess and recruit players as they gear up for the season.


The tournament attracted interests from other southern African countries and was played in three categories; FIDE rated open section which was won by Candidate Master Barileng Gaealafshwe of Jwaneng Chess club, FIDE rated ladies section by Women International Master Onkemetse Francis of Black Bishops while FIDE rated youth section was taken by a 14 year old Thapelo Tsebetsame. Winners of the tournament will pocket P3000, P1500 and P450 respectively.

NEW CHESS ACADEMY IS BORN

The return of the league has sparked interest across with formation of a new chess academy- Limitless Minds Chess Academy. The academy is set to contribute positively to the society by using chess as a tool for empowerment and social inclusion. The bigger aim according to the founder of the academy is “to help in making a positive impact in the society and in producing exceptional individuals beyond the chess board. The academy compliments the efforts of the Botswana Chess Federation by developing and advancing the game of chess in communities of special needs.”

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