Southern Region Chess League holds first schools tourney in 2017

In order to maintain the fast pace of the game of chess development, Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) will organise it’s first schools tournament for the year 2017 this Saturday, 11th March 2017 at Blantyre Baptist Academy, Chichiri Complex from 0800 hours.

Chess action at Luchenza Secondary School

Chess is doubtlessly one of the fastest growing games among the youths in the South and probably the rest of the country.
A statement from the league’s schools development coordinator Magret Ngungama, the main objective of making sure the youths are active is to ensure that schoo children have abundant chess materials so that they can enjoy playing chess both at school and in their homes.
“Chess materials will be won as prizes,” she said. “Also chess workshops are being conducted in various schools so that the standard of chess is uplifted in the region and in the country.”

She said all primary and secondary schools in the region are invited for the tournament to be played on individual basis with time control of 30 minutes per player over 7 rounds.

“Players will be divided into four categories — junior girls, junior boys, senior girls and senior boys. All participating schools are urged to register their players by end of Friday March 10 in order to minimise delay on the tournament day.
“SRCL would like to sincerely thank the management of Blantyre Baptist Academy for the venue,  BUMAS International for providing T-shirts that will also be part of the prizes for this tournament, IA Gilton Mkumbwa and FM Gerald Mphungu for visiting various schools in Luchenza.
“We are inviting individuals and the corporate world to support schools chess as it has several educational benefits. Chess makes children smarter.”
She said they are expecting at least 150 players from ober 30 schools in the region and some of the top rated juniors players such as Daisy Huwa, Khwima Gondwe, Yobe Sanga shall be in attendance to inspire the other aspiring youths.
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