Botswana Chess Federation (BCF)’s vision is to strive to be the sporting code of excellence through harnessing the intellect of chess athletes.

This was said by the federation president Tshenolo Maruatona over the weekend during their Annual General Meeting.

The meeting was meant to update the membership on the success and challenges faced by the Federation over the past 12 months and financial standings.

The president also shared BCF strategy, development activities and international competitions.

Maruatona said their players continue to gain strength and recognition across Africa and the rest of the world.

He said Chess has over the years produced quality and very competitive individuals.

“We have started to thoroughly measure our performance against the set objectives. We will be hosting workshops to bring the general membership to speed on the strategy which we should all own and drive with determined passion,” he said.

He said the federation has been highly applauded by Botswana National Sports Council for Clear Strategic drive Commitment to grassroots development and commitment to the empowerment of women in sports among other things.

He said last year Botswana successfully hosted the 2014 World Chess Federation Development Commission Meeting.

Maruatona said it was the first time in the history of chess that the meeting was held in Africa.

Maruatona said for the first time they had highest number of appointees in world chess body.

President Maruatona was appointed Fide Marketing Commission, Keenese Katisenge Fide Women Commission councillor, Tshepo Sitale Councillor in schools Fide Chess, Tshepiso Lopang Fide Development Commission and Roger Tiroyamodimo secretary for the African Zone.

“This shows that the world chess body recognize the quality of leadership amongst young Batswana administrators,” said Maruatona.

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