Wits launches new garden chess board, hopes to attract more players

The Wits Chess club hosted the Wits Blitz Open tournament on Saturday to officially launch their partnership with Donate-A-Piece.

 

CHECKMATE: Wits Chess Club former member and Donate-A-Piece co-founder, Denis Ovcina giving the new garden chess board a try. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

CHECKMATE: Former Wits Chess Club member and Donate-A-Piece ambassador, Denis Ovcina (left) give the new garden chess board at Wits University a try. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

Wits University is hoping to increase the number of chess players in its local club through the launch of a new outdoor garden chess board.

The new board was launched together with a partnership with Donate-A-Piece at a tournament at the main campus on Saturday.

Tebogo Rabothata, Wits Sports Officer for the Chess club said: “I am so grateful for the opportunity that Donate-A-Piece has given us, I am looking forward to having a great partnership with them.” The organisation is a aimed at increasing participation in the sport and will sponsor the Wits Chess Warriors in their 2015 USSA (University Sports South Africa), campaign this year.

Former Wits Chess Club chairperson, Zweli Mabaso said the club was identified as a potential partner by Donate-A-Piece as a result of its strong performance.

South African cricketer and Donate-A- Piece ambassador Temba Bavuma, told Wits Vuvuzela that “If you look at Wits itself, it has the perfect platform to launch a campaign like this. This will enable a reach of a variety of people and I think it’s a perfect platform to spread the awareness around chess.”

WINNER: Matt Pon was among the winners at the Wits Blitz Tournament. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

WINNER:  First-year BComm PPE student, Matt Pon, was among the winners at the Wits Blitz Tournament, coming in at second place. Photo: Litaletu Zidepa

The Donate-A-Piece Wits Blitz Open tournament winner Rodwell Maketo took home R1200, while first-year BCom PPE student, Matt Pon won R900. Jefferey Mthetho finished in third place.

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Wits Chess club to host tournament

The Wits Chess Club is set to host their Blitz Chess Tournament on May 16, in a bid to launch a new sponsorship deal with Donate-A-Piece. The organization donated a new outdoor chess board and sponsored the Chess Warriors in their 2015 USSA campaign.

CHECKMATE: Wits Chess Club chair, Evasan Chettiar (left) holds full SA colours and the World University (FISU) colours. He represented University Sports South Africa at the World University Chess Championship held in Katowice, Poland, forming half of the South African team. Photo: File

CHECKMATE: Wits Chess Club chair, Evasan Chettiar (left) holds full SA colours and the World University (FISU) colours. He represented University Sports South Africa at the World University Chess Championship held in Katowice, Poland, forming half of the South African team.                                                                                         Photo: File

 

Donate-A-Piece is a chess organisation aimed at encouraging participation in sport, donated a new outdoor chess board to the Wits Chess Club in April 2015, which is aimed at investing knowledge to chess players at Wits.

Club chair Evasan Chettiar, third-year BEng, told Wits Vuvuzela that the person behind the sponsorship is Zweli Mabaso, a former Wits Chess Club chairperson

“The aim of the event is to attract strong chess players from around Johannesburg to introduce them to the strong chess scene at Wits, potentially getting them more involved with the club, and promoting the club’s new relationship with Donate-A-Piece,” he said.

The Donate-A-Piece Wits Blitz Chess tournament is a speed chess tournament with a R1200 prize.

The chess community at Wits provides both formal and informal chess tournaments. “Every year, we send a team of our most talented men and women to represent Wits at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) National Institutional Chess Open,” he said.

The club has featured in the top three university chess clubs in South Africa for the past six years.

In 2014, for the first time in Wits history, two of the club’s members, third-year LLB student, Seadimo Tlale and third-year BEng student Evasan Chettiar, represented USSA at the World University Chess Championship held in Katowice, Poland, forming half of the South African team.

This year, with more than 100 registered members, the club hosted several formal tournaments, encouraging members to stay active and preparing them for the USSA.

“Students can expect to see some of the country’s highest rated chess playing students facing off in exciting games. Anyone interested in putting their skills to the test are more than welcome to enter this open tournament,’ said Chettiar.

The tournament will take place at Bozzoli Sports Hall at the Bozzoli Sports Pavilion (East Campus) from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

A R100 entry fee will be applied to non-members and R80 if registered online, all proceeds will go towards the club.

The tournament will be of a 9-round Swiss system format.