Chess youngsters save brilliant bronze in Kenya »TheVoiceBW

Despite a late change in the start time that resulted in them missing a crucial game, chess youngsters WCM Refilwe Gabatshwarwe, Arona Moshoboro and their sister Laone were able to shake off the setback and take bronze at the just ended Africa Schools Individual Chess Championships.

The tournament took place from December 13th to 19th in Kenya, Nairobi, and included ages from U / 7 to U / 17, in which 12 nations in East Africa came together to fight on the board.

Gabatshwarwe and her teammates entered the competition as the top ranked U / 17 girl in action and suffered a cruel blow when the tournament schedule was readjusted.

A communication failure meant that the players from Team BW could not complete their matches in round 6 on time and they forfeited the point offered.

It was particularly annoying for team captain Gabatshwarwe as she missed her match against Kenya’s Ingado Mercy, who took gold with 7.5 points – Gabatshwarwe finished with 6.5!

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The Moshoboro sisters also recovered strongly, Arona took third place in the U / 15 section with 6 points, while Laone gained 6.5 points in the U / 13 girls class to reach third place with her siblings .

As the fourth and only male member of the team, Darius Banda showed a lot of potential to secure 13th place among the boys U / 13 with 4.5 points.

Describing the mishap as bad luck, the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) general secretary Mokwaledi Tingwane said the time change was announced at a technical meeting on the morning of the game, but Botswana’s representative “did not capture the adjustment.”

“It was just bad luck. But we took it on our chins and fought to the end, ”he said.

Lingering on the positive aspects, Tingwane explained: “For the young team to go alone and get medals is a very great achievement!”

Despite their excellent performance, the trio was unfortunately unable to qualify for the individual world championships for schools in 2022, as only gold medalists make the cut.

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