National Chess League starts in Dar       

12Mar 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
National Chess League starts in Dar       

THE Tanzania Chess League, which involves 10 teams, started on a high note in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Chess players take part in a competition, which took place in Dar es Salaam recently.

The league, which is the first of its kind in the country, is recognized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and will come to an end in June.

The tournament’s organizing committee secretary, Hemed Mlawa, said each of the teams, which are participating in the event, has played two games.

Kamal Steel team and Ahead Africa teams, he disclosed, are leading with four points apiece.

He said Don Bosco, placed third, has three points from one win and a draw while Lake Group, New Africa, Flashnet and Specialized Engineer, who recorded a single win and one loss each, have been positioned fourth to seventh.

The official noted Bakertilly occupies the eighth spot after recording two points from one draw and one loss whereas HS Computers and My World Pre-School squads, which have lost two matches apiece, have been positioned ninth and 10th respectively.

“We are happy with the performance of the teams, the competition is very good and I am happy that, by the end of this tournament in June, we will have many players who can play for the national team," he said.

He noted the league aims at providing mutually beneficial structure for chess players, apart from giving the latter opportunity to share the ideas and experience of the game.

Teams, which will excel in the event, he disclosed, will be awarded trophies, medals and cash prize.