Chess player Nkulumane wins tournament
PHAKAMANI Sithole of the Nkulumane Chess Club won the 2017 Bulawayo Candidates Tournament at Founders High School to book a ticket to the Bulawayo Championship next month.
The Bulawayo Chess Association (BCA) Championship Tournament will feature the top 10 players from the province.
Sithole scored 6.5 out of seven points in Saturday’s tournament which drew 71 players.
Sithole to join championship title holder Bulawayo Ntokozo Mangena, Tapiwa Jele trio of Nkulumane Chess Club; Khumbulani Chirwa and Valentine Nkoma; the duo Nust of Kudakwashe Sibanda and Castro Sibanda as well as the trio ZRP Bulawayo of Sifiso Ncube, Tarcision Chikandi and Mthokozisi Mpofu, already qualified.
BCA President Elvis Shora was pleased with the level of the competition and believes the Bulawayo Championship will be explosive.
“The competition at the Bulawayo Candidates Tournament was tight and with one round to go it was clear that four other players besides Sithole were in serious contention. The four were Ronald Chimanzi of the Nust Chess Club, the ZRP Bulawayo Chess Club duo consisting of Patrice Sibanda and Maxwel Masare and Filabusi Chess Club star Spencer Moyo, ”said Shora.
“All these four occupied the first three boards of the final round to decide the winner. In the end, Sithole proved his victory at the Africa Day Open on May 25 was no fluke as he delivered another checkmate to win the tournament.
Sibanda finished first, while Moyo was second.
Meanwhile, Camelot Chess Club’s Leeroy Mpala tallied five out of seven points to win the consolation prize for best scholar, while Nadia Gezani of Vinic Chess Club was the top scholar with two out of seven.
Eight-year-old Quinton Maphosa of the Allan Redfern Chess Club scored a perfect five out of five to win the award for best development player. Hazel Kachikwa of the Willenita Chess Club also impressed with brilliant moves to take second place.