Young chess players get ready for champs

Some of the Chess players that will represent the region at the South African Championships;back from left; Thimna August, Pei-Shan Wang ,Alman Deang, Keagen Meise, Esna Pretorius,Mandibonge Qangule , Siyolise August, Samuel Chang ,Aldre Deang and Tshegofatso Bixa Picture:SIVENATHI GOSA

THE Buffalo City Chess trials took place at the Hamilton Club on Saturday and a team that will represent the region at the South African Junior Closed Chess Championships will be selected soon.

President of Border Chess, Ashley Vermaak, said the SA Junior Closed Chess Championship will take place during the first week of April at Kaponang in Benoni.

“In April, the top five per age group from that tournament will go to the World Youth Chess Championships in Greece, and sixth place to 10th place will go to the African Youth Chess Championships,” Vermaak said.

Vermaak indicated that the travelling costs would be paid by the players’ parents.

“We do not get any financial assistance from government stakeholders. Last year we had about 70 players in the SA championships and they came back with 38 medals altogether, which was impressive,” Vermaak said.

Chess coach Kulasande Mafanya said seven years ago he qualified to represent the South Africa Students Team at the Fide University Chess Olympiad in China, but he could not go because he had no sponsor.

“I will make sure that we raise funds so that if any of these 14 players qualify for the World Youth Championship they can go,” Mafanya said. I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any of these talented chess players from our province,”said Mafanya.

The trials will continue on March 3 at the Hamilton Club