National Chess League suspended indefinitely    

25Mar 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
National Chess League suspended indefinitely    

TANZANIA Chess Association (TCA) has indefinitely suspended the National Chess League which was taking place at Russia Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam.

Chess players battle it out in one of the round one games of this season’s Tanzania Chess League which took place at Russia Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO;COURTESY OF TANZANIA CHESS ASSOCIATION

Nurdin Hassuji, TCA Secretary General, said they have suspended the league in accordance with the government’s directive of suspending all sporting activities in the country due to Coronavirus disease, which has hit the country.

The 11-team league, which was in the fourth round, had seen Dar es Salaam’s Alliance Insurance team lead the league table with eight points while Don Bosco Rising Star was holding second position with six points.

"We have suspended the National Chess League, which was taking place at Russia Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam, this was done following the directive by the government on banning all gatherings,’’ he noted.

‘’We take the safety and health of our players seriously," he said.

He said the league will resume after the government’s decision on the outbreak.

The teams, which were competing in the league, are Alliance Insurance, Don Bosco Rising Star, Ahead Africa, HS Computers, Barketilly, Flash Net, Specialized Engineering, My World Pre School, Pawn Pushers, Kamal Steel and Unique.

Meanwhile, Hassuji said the association is waiting for communication from the International Chess Federation (FIDE) on the coming Olympiad, which is slated to take place in Russia in August.

Tanzania was set to send four male players and four female players to the Olympiad.

The four were selected at the just ended National Chess Championships, which took place in Dar es Salaam.

"The International Chess Federation (FIDE) sent us a communication that by May this year they will communicate with all national chess associations on the Olympiad, up to now the future of Olympiad is not known,’’ he disclosed.

‘’TCA urges all players to keep on training at their respective homes," he said.