BCA tar­get­ing 200 par­tic­i­pants for Win­ter Open Tournament

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

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

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