Xhosa Chess terminoligy created

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Watu Kobese

IsiXhosa-speaking chess players in South Africa can now boast their own terminology book for the game, a first in the country.

Today the Western Cape cultural affairs and sport department launched the book that standardises the translation of chess terms from English to IsiXhosa.

Uthinjiwe! Or, as most chess players around the world usually say, Checkmate!

International chess master, Watu Kobese, says he had a lot of fun coming up with what he called dynamic names for each of the chess terms.

When referring to the rook, it’s called umbhayimbhayi which means a “big gun”, or assault rifle.

A bishop is an intlola which refers to a “spy” who, in the past, used to spy on the enemy in an impending war.

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