THE Zimbabwe Chess Federation has backed up totally all its players representing the nation. Public Relations Officer, Elisha Thabo, believes the three junior players taking part in the ongoing Chess World Online Youth Cup have a chance to improve after some decent showing from the first two representatives
“As a Federation we are impressed with the involvement of Zimbabwe in this event as such opportunities have been hard to come by in the past. The emergence of Online Competitions have created this opportunity and if you note, the majority of kids competing in these events have ratings, established ratings, which means at such young ages they have the experience and exposure of major competitions.
3/5 “Our players are trying to catch up and at the same time doing very well. With more of such exposure, improvement is certain and if we get it right at this age, then the future of Zimbabwe Chess is very bright,” said Thabo.
The three players Jordan Gweshe (boys Under-10 Open section), Carol Ndlovu (girls Under-14 category) and Tinotenda Gadza (Under-18 Open section) are representing the country at an event that will run until Saturday.
Thabo’s remarks come after Ndlovu, who is based in Victoria Falls, managed to outplay favourite Martico Jersey from the Philippines who boasts of a massive FIDE Elo rating of 1544 for her age. The Pilipino was a clear favourite to win the match but Ndlovu pressed for victory from the first move with the White pieces.
In the second round, the 13-year-old was paired against Zi Yan Bernadette, a candidate Master from Japan who proved too tough a test for our own chess queen. The quest for victory continued in the third round and the Zimbabwean was up against Lauri Maris from Netherlands and again, victory proved elusive but Carol had to lay all her tricks on the table in the fourth round against Rahaman Nalia from Guyana.
Eventually, the wait for sweet victory was over. Ndlovu managed to get it right and emphatically dispatched her opponent in style. In the Under-10 section where Gweshe played he finished with 3/10 points in a pool that had 196 players while Gadza was supposed to start his adventure yesterday.