BCA targeting 200 participants for Winter Open Tournament
The Bulawayo Chess Association (BCA) is targeting 200 participants for its Winter Open Tournament to be held tomorrow at the Bulawayo Polytechnic.
The BCA Winter Open comes three weeks after the Africa Day Open competition that attracted 176 participants.
Participants will compete in five categories, Open, Ladies, Junior A (Form 4 to 6), Junior B (Form 1 to 3) and development (Grade 7 and below).
Registration fees for the Open and Ladies sections has been set at $5, with secondary school participants paying $3 while primary school learners will fork out $2.
“Registration was supposed to close today (yesterday) but we got calls from people asking to submit their forms on Thursday. So we’ve decided to extend the deadline to tomorrow to accommodate more entrants. We are targeting mostly scholars as we continue with our goal of having chess played throughout the year. We are specifically targeting development because this is the future of chess. Playing chess helps learners sharpen their cognitive skills, especially in Mathematics,” said Moses Mutipforo, BCA spokesperson.
Thabang Moyo won the first edition of the BCA Winter Festival in 2012, with Lungelwe Nyoni taking the crown in 2013 before Casto Sibanda bagged the 2014 and 2015 titles. Tapiwa Jele of Nkulumane is the defending champion. —
Sean Williams are the notable absentees
However, in the Chairman’s XI, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, John Nyumbu, Richmond Mutumbami, Tendai Chatara and Natsai M’shangwe have played, and in the Select side, Donald Tiripano and Chris Mpofu are the noted names who have turned out, leading to speculation there was a player split looming. Those doubts have now been quelled because “issues are being resolved slowly,” the source said.
By today when matches resume, all players who were named in the two squads are expected to be available. — ESPNcricinfo ONLY 130 runners have so far registered for the Beitbridge Mayor’s Half Marathon to be held tomorrow.
The race is held annually to raise awareness and reduce rampant littering along major highways and abuse of drugs in the border town.
Sanctuary Insurance Company has entered into a partnership with Beitbridge Municipality as the event’s sponsor.
Beitbridge Municipality spokesperson Raniel Ndou said they had covered a lot of ground in terms of logistics and were ready to roll.
The race will be held under the theme “Everyone against drugs abuse and litter”.
“So far we have registered 130 people, while other athletics clubs, including Blanket Mine, Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, among others, have expressed interest in sending their athletes,” said Ndou.
He said the 21.1km race will start at Lutumba Business Centre along the Masvingo road and finish at Border Service Station in the CBD.
There will also be 12km and 5km runs that will start at Chicago Business Centre and Masvingo turn off respectively.
“Sanctuary Insurance has poured in $5 000 cash along with other related equipment for the race. We are inviting all interested runners to register at the Beitbridge Municipality main building and at our housing office in Dulivhadzimo suburb,” Ndou said.
Registration fees are $3 for adults and free for school children. MATABELELAND Warriors rugby coach Ruben Kumpasa is confident his team will make it to the South African Gold Cup despite facing a tough play-off against Harare Sports Club tomorrow.
The winner of the epic showdown will represent Zimbabwe at the South African Gold Cup, a club competition that features league champions from different African countries.
Kumpasa said his players were bracing for a tough challenge in Harare.
“It’s going to be a tough game and whoever wins will surely be deserving of victory. We are going to give it our all and hope to post a positive result. We will be missing the services of three key players Kudakwashe Nyamufaringa, who is in the Sables side, Tarisai Makariri and Nelson Madida, who are on Cheetahs duty. They will surely be missed for this game, but we have a number of talented players from our Under-21 squad that are capable of filling the gap,” said Kumpasa.
The clash had initially been set as a curtain raiser for the Sables encounter against Morocco, but it has now been scheduled after the international game.
Zimbabwe’s match against Morocco will be televised live on Kwese Sports, ZTV and some French channels.
Another game set to provide a treat for rugby enthusiasts in the capital is the schoolboys’ clash pitting St George’s and Falcon College.
Playing chess helps learners sharpen their cognitive skills, especially in Mathematics
Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza discuss in the middle IDI Getty Images