After a year off the radar ZCF, traditional Easter Chess Open happened behind closed doors from the 2nd to the 4th of April at Joina City.
The tournament had three sections namely open, ladies, and developmental sections. In respect to the covid-19 regulations, only 20 slots were open to the ladies section, 30 developmental, and about 80 in the open section.
Kudzanayi Charinda and Linda Shaba both finished at 6 points a tie break had to be used. After the tie break, WCM Charinda walked away with the gold medal leaving Shaba the silver medal in the ladies section.
Eight rounds were played and out of those Linda Shaba won five games against Choko Natalie, Refiloe Mudodo, Collieta Wakuruwarehwa, Melisa Tatenda Zengeni, and Florence Amos managing draws against Edith Muyambiri and Christine Makwena with one defeat from Clarinda Kudzanayi.
Speaking to Sports Rifle 724 Shaba told us that it was not easy to adjust to over-the-board chess.
We were now used to playing rapid chess and blitz games therefore it was hard adjusting to over-the-board chess. Live chess has an element that virtual games can’t touch: The social interaction it’s just not the same as playing over the board.
On playing chess with a mask Shaba said that it was not comfortable but they had to do it for the sake of safety and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we all had to compromise and mask up in the process of checkmating COVID-19 during the entire tournament.
Going forward Linda is looking forward to playing more over-the-board chess games as they prepare to take part in the Chess Olympiad later this year.