Tanzania junior chess players head for Mombasa tourney

29Nov 2017
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzania junior chess players head for Mombasa tourney

EIGHT Tanzania junior chess players leave for Mombasa, Kenya today to compete in the Light House Open tournament scheduled to take place from tomorrow to December 3.

Dar es Salaam junior chess players put their skills to show in a past tournament in the city. (Photo: File)

The tournament has attracted junior players from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and the host Kenya.

The eight players are from Dar es Salaam's Don Bosco Chess Club and the outfit's head coach, Kara Louis, said all is set for the team's departure.

He mentioned the players making the trip as Betha Samson, Preesha Cheeda, Khamis Ame, Parashar Sareen, Cleophas Charles, Aditya Bhattbhatt, Samuel George and Taher Hassuji.

Louis, who will lead the team's technical panel, said all of the players are in good shape and promised that the juniors will bring home awards.

"We are ready for the tournament, all of the players are prepared for the event," he said.

He said the tournament gears towards pitting the best junior chess players in East Africa against each other in classical time control, as well as spurring the growth of chess in the region.

Louis revealed the players travel to Kenya with financial support from Friends of Don Bosco and Don Bosco games coordinator, Joachim Sivila, who will also be the delegation's leader

He had previously revealed the players were selected at a qualifying tournament which was hosted by his club a fortnight ago.

The players, he said,  had been training well and have vast experience and the aspects give them an edge.

The tournament, as disclosed by Louis, will be played in the FIDE round 9 Swiss format.

In a Swiss-system tournament, players are never eliminated. Instead, players are paired in every round -- the number of rounds is predetermined -- and the winner is the player who earns the most points by the end of the tournament. 

Players typically earn a single point for a win and a half-point for a draw, though other scoring systems are possible.

In every round, each player is paired against an opponent who has the same -- or a similar -- number of points in the tournament. 

In a Swiss-system chess tournament, organizers try to give each player a similar number of White and Black games by the end of the event.

Organizers rank players in each group according to a rating system where players are separated into a top and bottom half.