SA women’s team win Cucsa chess tour­ney

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE South African women’s chess team won the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Sports As­so­ci­a­tion ( CUCSA) chess tour­na­ment held at Hill­side Teach­ers Col­lege yes­ter­day.

The South Africans won the tour­na­ment with eleven match points; five points ahead of Zim­babwe who took sec­ond place. Zam­bia and Botswana were third and fourth re­spec­tively.

South African chess coach Re­mondo Solomons at­trib­uted the win to ded­i­ca­tion and good prepa­ra­tion.

“It all started at home. Per­son­ally I think when one is com­ing to such tour­na­ments, the home­work should be done at home so that when you come here you are fully pre­pared, so if you are go­ing to pre­pare, pre­pare at home,” said Solomons.

The prepa­ra­tions, Solomons said, were not only phys­i­cal, but psychological.

“I said to them they know the the­o­ries they did at home and the trick was to be psy­cho­log­i­cally ready. If some­thing goes wrong they have to act ac­cord­ingly. In chess, we play with the clock and if you are go­ing to ig­nore it, sud­denly the clock be­comes like an ex­tra piece, so I told them that they should play their chess and man­age time.”

South African cap­tain Rachelle-Mari Vo­ges said it was a tough tour­na­ment.

“It was a tough day be­cause we played all three games in one day, but I am glad we gave our best shot and won,” Vo­ges said.

Bu­l­awayo Chess As­so­ci­a­tion pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor Rus­sel Dzete said: “Gen­er­ally the com­pe­ti­tion was stiff, ex­cept for the ladies sec­tion where South Africa won all their games with big­ger mar­gins. They did very well out­class­ing ev­ery team present.”

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