Chess League set to climax next month

11May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Chess League set to climax next month

WINNERS of the inaugural Chess League will be known mid next month when the final games will be played in Dar es Salaam.

My World Pre-School chess team’s players (in yellow T-shirts) Asha Kondo, Sunday Manara and Candidate Master Nurdin Hassuji, take on Kamal Steel team’s players (L-R) Hussein Ibrahim, Taher Hassuji and Mussa Mangula, during one of the Chess League’s matches in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO:  COURTESY OF TANZANIA CHESS ASSOCIATION

The Chess League, which is recognized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), has attracted 10 sides.

They are Bakertilly, Ahead Africa, Don Bosco, New Africa Hotel, Lake Oil, HS Computers, Specialized Engineering, My World Pre School, Flash Net and Kamal Steel.

Each team has played six games and Ahead Africa are leading by 10 points followed by Don Bosco that has also posted 10 points but with inferior marks.

Third-placed Kamal Steel has seven points, Flashnet has been placed fourth with six points.

My World Pre School is in the fifth spot with six points, sixth-placed Specialized Engineering has six points, Bakertilly has been placed seventh with five points. New Africa Hotel team and Lake Oil team come eighth and ninth respectively although either team has registered five points, while HS Computers are anchoring the table with no point.

The tournament’s organizing committee, secretary, FIDE Master Hemed Mlawa said he is happy with competition in the tournament and expect more fireworks on the final day.

“The finals of the tournament will be on June 16, each team has so far played six games and on the final day each will play two games,” he noted.

“It will be more entertaining as you can see the different of points between all the teams is not that big, for now I can say each team stand a chance of emerging as champions.”

He said best performing teams would be awarded trophies, medals and cash prize.

The league, he noted, targets to provide a mutually beneficial structure whereby chess players in the country may compete, learn, share ideas and promote the sport in a friendly manner and atmosphere.