Chess players continue to compete in the Kumbaya league

The highly anticipated Kumbaya Africa Individuals Chess League kicked off on Saturday May 7th at Meridian Karino School.

59 players participated in this thrilling open house during which two rounds were contested.

The Coach Chess Academy, under Mpumalanga Chess, is the host of this league.

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Eddy Bhila from the academy said: “This is a 14 round chess league played over 12 weeks. League players are divided into two sections: Prestige and Section

A (young people). A few Prestige players, Dhludhlu Seuntjie, Mathonsi Innocent and Tholo Phumuza, are on two points.

“In section A we have 11 players who are two points in the two rounds played so far. There are 44 in this section.

“The league is rated by the International Chess Federation (Fide); this means that it must be executed according to the Fide laws of chess. No electronic devices may be used in the playing area during official matches.

“Trophies will be awarded to the winner of each section, medals will be given to the top three players – gold, silver and bronze. The prize money for first place in Prestige is R3,000, second R2,000 and third R1,500. In Section A, first place gets R2,000, second R1,500 and third R1,000.

“Spectators will be allowed in the playing area, provided they follow Fide rules, remain calm and orderly without causing distractions. They are not assistant referees and should therefore not assume this role under any circumstances. They are just there
observe.”

Bhila said the next events will take place on May 21, June 4 and 18, and July 2, 23 and 30.

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