South Africa’s own chess wonder from Soweto – Asavela Mbewana (10) is going through to the World Youth Chess Championships. This young lady is in grade 5 at the Vula Mazibuko Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto.
Earier this month they travelled from Johannesburg to Stellenbosch to the Paul Roos Gymnasium School where the recent SAJCCC (South African Junior Closed Chess Championships) on 7 April 2014 was hosted.
She is originally from Dumezweni Primary School, where the passion to play chess was hatched by the Moves for Life chess program (sponsored by Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City) in 2012.
Moves for Life (now known as Tsogo Sun Moves for Life/TSMFL) sponsored Asavela for her first participation in the 2012 Junior Closed Chess Championships, where she ended in the 3rdposition.
She also qualified for the South African Closed Chess Championships in 2013.
10 Year old Asavela qualified for the next World Youth Chess Championships that will take place in Durban during September 2014.
Felllow scholar, Njabulo Moloi who is 11 years old, also participated but unfortunately was eliminated during the important round 11 against Seth Riley.
According to Linda Makhubela, the TSMFL tutor at Dumezweni Primary and Ikaneng, Asavela finished on 6 points and Njabulo finished on 5 points out of 11 rounds.