Young and old make all the right moves


FRIENDS of the Li­brary and the Ry­lands Li­brary held their bi-an­nual chess tour­na­ment yes­ter­day.

The co-or­di­na­tors and par­tic­i­pants were wowed by Amahle Zen­zile, 10, from Cross­roads Chess Club, who com­peted against ex­pe­ri­enced Stephen Galleid as train­ing for the SA Chess Cham­pi­onships.

Thando Hlakula, Amahle’s coach, said he put her in the ad­vanced cat­e­gory. The tour­na­ment had three cat­e­gories: begin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced.

“Our team, which in­cludes Amahle, will soon go to Jo­han­nes­burg for the 2018 South African Chess Cham­pi­onship. I wanted Amahle to be fit for the game,” Hlakula said.

Galleid, 65, said he started play­ing chess at 12 years old.

“I am very ex­cited. It is like a dream come true for me, I en­cour­age young stars to join chess clubs for their in­tel­li­gence,” Galleid said.

Friends of the Li­brary chair­per­son Ab­dul Ha­keem Syed said their goal had been to pro­vide a plat­form for the dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren to in­te­grate with oth­ers from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and cul­tures.

“We are us­ing chess as a tool to hone their log­i­cal skills in a healthy at­mos­phere, so that they can stay off the streets and have some clean fun too,” Syed said.

“Food and cer­tifi­cates are given to all par­tic­i­pants. We have been very suc­cess­ful in our ef­forts so far and have been grow­ing with ev­ery event.

“Our vi­sion is to bring di­verse com­mu­ni­ties to­gether so that they can get to know one an­other. But de­spite our man­power, re­sources and pas­sion to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively, we are strug­gling to make a big­ger im­pact on the com­mu­nity, due to lack of ex­po­sure,” he added.

We are us­ing chess as a tool to hone their log­i­cal skills in a healthy at­mos­phere Ab­dul Ha­keem Syed

Friends of the Li­brary chair­per­son

| AR­MAND HOUGH African News Agency (ANA)

AMAHLE Zen­zile, 10, from Cross­roads Chess Club com­peted against ad­vanced play­ers at the 2018 Chess Sum­mer Slam tour­na­ment at the Ry­lands Civic Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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