TSMFL Tutors shine at the Jacob Zuma Open Chess Tournament

Musatwe Simutowe‎. Won Jacob Zuma Open Chess 2014 (Defended the title won in 2013)

Musatwe Simutowe‎. Won Jacob Zuma Open Chess 2014 (Defended the title won in 2013)The Jacob Zuma Open Chess Tournament took place in Nkandla, on Friday 19 December 2014. Nkandla is the first rural area in South Africa, to host such an event.The event organizer, Sandile Xulu of the JG Zuma Foundation, stated that the event was an “amazing” success and had drawn the largest number of participants since its inception in 2009.

“When we started off with teams at Nkandla, we had no idea it would become so big,” said Xulu.

“The Jacob Zuma Open Chess Tournament is now recognised by the World Chess Federation and this year, the open section had players from as far afield as Zambia. This event is becoming stronger and chess is growing.”
The participants came from all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Present amongst the attendees were international master Watu Kobese and SA champion Kgaogelo Mosetle. Over 300 chess participants took part in the tournament.

Zuma who is a patron of Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) and advocates the importance of chess in education, a game he learned to play while he was a prisoner on Robben Island.

President Zuma said in his speech that chess teaches people discipline and independence. The game has the potential to increase one’s ability to resolve challenges and called on communities to take up the game of chess as a hobby and extra-mural activity.

Twenty schools, using the of Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) program, in the Ilembe District have now added the game as an extra-mural activity

The following TSMFL tutors participated in this tournament;

Malusi Lekalakala, Blessing Zambuko, Johnny Khoza, Leon Sithole, Lackson Malatji, Linda Makhubela, Nicholas Monnamere, Makhosonke Dhlalisa, and McDonald Mabuya .

In the Open Section Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) tutors Leon Sithole and Musatwe Simutowe both Kandla won their games – our own champions!

  • 1st position Musatwe,
  • 3rd Leon Sithole
  • followed by 4points Malusi, Linda, Makhosonke, Blessing, McDonald, Malatji and John
  • Tsogo Sun Moves for Life (TSMFL) Nkandla kids won the Junior Section team event and Makhosonke won the best Coach.

Here we have Leon Makhubela with President Jacob Zuma.

Well done are so PROUD of all of you.

TSMFL

Leon with President Jacob Zuma

Leon with President Jacob Zuma

 

President Zuma playing chess with Minenhle Zungu (7) during the JZ Chess Open Tournament, Nkandla Stadium, KZN.DoC

President Zuma playing chess with Minenhle Zungu (7) during the JZ Chess Open Tournament, Nkandla Stadium, KZN.DoC

 

 

 

 

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Education through Chess. A proven intervention to unlock the potential of SA's children. Moves for Life unlocks the cognitive potential of South African children by structured implementation of chess education where essential aspects of the game are actively linked with math, science and lifeskill concepts. Learning fundamental concepts are made fun and exciting for the child.
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