Lisa Griffits from TSMFL running the BHPB aluminum programme in Richards Bay and Nkandla had their UMLHATHUZE CHESS CLUB’s 1st Uthungulu Rapid Open Rated ChessTournament on the 22nd of February 2014.
Makhasonke’s Nkandla kids won in all the age groups except the under 6’s. There were 178 players in this tournament!
We expect that there will be a reasonable increase of participants for the next tournament.
So sad to mention that there were a many more enthusiastic chess players who wished to participate but a huge lack of funds (sponsorships) influenced the number of participants. we do however want to thank BHPB for their generous contribution.
The reasonable entry fee of R50 per participant is rather steep for learners in the poorer areas.
More sponsorship for this type of activity is needed to help educate and equip learners.
This type of sponsorship will not just be filling the big hole of Calcutta but it is an investment in the future of the youth and of South Africa.
Most of the participants came from the neighbouring township schools. This type of exposure is very important to the learners, as it will encourage them to grow in the game, their self esteem, their personal development and general education.
Entries for this tournament have increased with more than 50%, since Tsogo Sun Moves for Life started to get involved in here.
Well done to all of the precious learners from us at TSMFL.
The list of winners of Uthungulu Open 22nd Feb 2014 competition :
1st place Gouden Gabriel- Richards Bay Primary
2nd place Walz Phillip – Eshowe Junior
3rd place Dhanasar Nishen – Grantleigh
1st place Shoba Mongezi – Nkandla
2nd place Moonsamy Liam Cole
3rd place Sibiya Methobesi
1st place Britz Gerber- Eshowe Junior
2nd place Mdunge Sandile-Nkandla
3rd place Mbambo Luyanda – Brackenham Primary
1st place Xaba Bongani- Nkandla
2nd place Sandiso Khumalo-
3rd place Khumalo Siyanda- Nkandla
1st place Moonsamy Dayne -Empangeni
2nd place Bagwadeen Uddhav – Richards Bay
3rd place Dlamini namelani – Richards Bay Christian school
1st place Dhalisa Makhosonke – Nkandla
2nd place Coetzee Ryan – Richards Bay
3rd place Singh Aman- Empangeni
4th Hopane Zalpha – Unizulu