Chess players aged 35 years and above are expected to converge at the Yarona Country Lodge in the peri-urban village of Mogoditshane to participate in the 7th edition of the ‘The Masters Open’ chess tournament.
“In 2012 the event was taken to another level when it was combined with a social responsibility gesture,” said the BCF Public Relations Director, Keenese Neonyana Katisenge in an interview with Voice Sport.
An excited Katisenge said this year’s edition was sponsored to a tune of P17 000 by their traditional sponsor, Turbo Refrigeration.
According to Katisenge, the winner of this year’s tournament will be expected to adopt a primary school of his/her choice to mentor a selected number of students for a period of one year.
“To ensure that the programme reaches the desired results, the federation will provide chess sets and study material and monitor the program for the entire period,” she said.
Katisenge said the tournament is a further extension of the BCF’s commitment to grassroots development through all means of awakening the interest of the mentors and trainers for the younger chess players.
An unnamed high profile chess player is expected to grace this year’s tournament as a way of motivating the participants, she said.
Over and above that, Katisenge said this year’s tournament will honor if not crown a non-playing chess master and a non-chess player who has made an immense contribution towards the development and growth of the game of chess in the country.
Meanwhile, the tournament’s defending champion Ndawana Masenya is expected to defend her title.