International the Queen’s Gambit captured the International world of the game of chess. Back home in Zimbabwe, the Eric Takawira Ladies Invitational Chess tournament has ignited girls’ interest in chess.

The joint champion of the 2006 Zimbabwe Open joined hands with Admire Mawire and Bismarck Bhobhojani and successfully hosted an all ladies chess tournament over the weekend.

The invitational tournament featured ten players which included promising youngsters and some senior players who have represented the country internationally.

Some of the promising stars included Rumbidzai Mawire, Panashe Zimbili, and Edith Mayambiri whilst seniors players included Tatenda Zengeni, Linda Shaba, and Kudzanayi Charinda.

According to the tournament organizers, they limited the numbers in line with the SRC protocol in respect to covid-19 guidelines and regulations on the resumption of sports.

One of the main agendas of hosting the tournament was to promote women’s chess and also empower them with USD470 to be shared amongst all ten participants.

The winner Kudzanayi Charinda walked away with USD200, second-placed player Linda Shaba swooped USD100 whilst third-placed Tatenda Zengeni received USD50 the other nine participants each walked away with USD20.

Speaking to Sports Rifle 724 Eric Takawira who is based in Durban and runs KZN Chess Academy said the inaugural ladies chess tournament was a success.

“I am happy that the inaugural Eric Takawira Ladies Invitational Chess tournament was a huge success. This also means that it will be an annual event,” said Eric Takawira.

The International Organizer and FIDE Trainer also promised more tournaments.

“We are going to organize more tournaments starting with the Women’s Open Chess Tournament next month.” the avid chess player, coach, organizer, and promoter continued.

I hope such a tournament will bring more awareness to chess and get people to organize and host more chess tournament.

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