The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Chess Prodigy Set for Tunisia

opinion

Hope everything is in cool mode this weekend. Cool Sport applauds the great efforts by our Zimbabwean teens that continue to raise the country's flag high in sports. Last time it was two female teenagers making headlines in the teen's world of tennis and hockey respectively. Next month another teen is set to represent our nation in Tunisia in the African Junior Chess Championships.

The chess prodigy, Tatenda Matemavi (18) of Prince Edward High School is set to make history when he represents the country at the African Junior Chess Championships.

The lad booked the place after winning the Under-18 Boy's chess tourney recently. The teenager finished with six points out of nine games. He won five games, drew two and lost two.

Tatenda managed to beat Matt Pon of South Africa in the final round of the English Opening tourney. As a result of the win, he earned himself the Fidemaster title which has become a life time achievement for the teenager.

Tatenda's coach, Victor Chimbamu, said all was going according to plan and will soon host a fundraising tourney for him.

"We are planning to host several tournaments soon after the pupils finish their exams so that we try and raise money for this trip. If everything goes accordingly we will depart on December 22," he said.

Tatenda has proved to be a force to reckon with in the teen's world of chess. Recently he participated at the Under 18 African Youth Chess held at Roodevallei Hotel in South Africa and won a gold medal.

Meanwhile, the fourth edition of the Mount Darwin Child Future Africa Orphans Awareness Campaign Marathon rolls into life today in Mashonaland Central.

The first edition was held in 2009 and the event has grown over the years.

According to their website, the event is now attracting participants from other countries such as the Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA.

The marathon's project is an initiative of Child Future Africa which was started by George Seremwe, a Zimbabwean who studied in the Netherlands and registered it there.

It is engaged in activities aimed at supporting and protecting orphaned children in Mount Darwin.

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