An elite chess tournament was held at Albert Moroka High School to launch their garden chess project and to promote chess in general in Thaba Nchu.
The tournament catered for Section A, which is mainly made up of local clubs; Section B, which had two categories: U15 and U18, as well as Section C for primary school learners.
The tournament was embraced by the neighbouring schools and some players came from as far as Bethlehem and Senekal. Xhariep was also represented in the club section. The local chess clubs were represented by Nchafalo Chess Academy, which had three teams, and Selosesha Chess Club, which had two teams.
Albert Moroka High School intends to host this tournament annually to promote chess and to see it grow as chess mainly assists learners with a high level of concentration and focus.
The tournament was also supported by Chess Free State’s president, Piet van Zyl, president of the Xhariep Municipality, Thabo Matsiliso and Selosesha Chess Club.
“Chess teaches learners discipline, so as a school we align ourselves with the resolution of the MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, to promote chess in schools,” said Johnson Ramathe.
The best players of the tournament were the duo, Kehilwe Mabope and Luyanda Segai, both from Albert Moroka High School.