The Crossroad Chess Club opened the year with impressive results at the Cape of Good Hope 2023 Chess tournament held at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park recently.
Coach Thando Hlakula proved to be a true champion at heart when he climbed the podium snatching the top spot.
Thando displayed exceptional skill, strategy, and sportsmanship, winning all but one of his six games, which resulted in a draw.
Despite being tied with one of his talented students, Amahle Zenzile, Thando emerged as the champion, securing a first place through tie-breaks. His outstanding performance was rewarded with a cash prize of R1500, a well-deserved recognition for his hard work and dedication to the sport.
“Thando’s victory serves as a testament to his unwavering spirit and passion for chess, and we are honoured to have him as our leader and coach. His impressive performance has inspired not only his students but also the entire community, and we look forward to his continued success in the future,” the club said in a statement.
Zenzile, whose long journey has been filled with ups and downs, clawed her way back with a magnificent play.
She ended the tournament having won 5 games and drawn 1. Her dominance and exceptional form were a testament to her talent and also to her resilience and determination to overcome past failures and setbacks.
Sandiso Kedama came second in the Rapid Section of the tournament. His amazing score of 5 out of 6 was truly impressive. According to Kedama, it had been a while since he had such a strong showing in a tournament.
The club will host Crossroad Chess Club 2023 annual tournament from Thursday April 27 to Monday May 1.