It’s the big question that every chess player has been asking: when will we start playing over the board chess again? That doubt, centering the resumption of over-the-board chess has been answered. 

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Covid-19 pandemic has disturbed the resumption of over-the-board chess with lockdown regulations eased, chess received the green light to resume over-the-board competitions.

Over-the-board chess tournament in Zimbabwe will return in impressive style this Friday as ZCF will host  Easter Chess Open. Organizers of the Easter Chess Open have for the first time ditched the Causeway Post Office venue and settled for the elegant Joina City and Members Club Hall thanks to their new sponsors New World Property Managers.

Zimbabwe Chess Easter Open which is a FIDE Rated competition will feature three categories namely the open, ladies, and developmental U-16. To adhere to the Sports And Recreation Commission regulations to curb the spread of covid-19 during competitions the Easter Open will be hosted at two separate venues.

Ladies and the developmental sections games will be held at Joina City whilst the open section event will take place at Members Club Hall. According to the Zimbabwe Chess Federation President Dr. Collins Tongoona, all players will have their temperature taken and sanitized twice upon entry.

“All players taking part in this year’s edition of the Easter Chess Open will have their temperatures taken and sanitized twice. The first process will take place from the main entrance into Joina City and the last temperature check and sanitization process will be done when entering the playing area. The same process will be followed at Members Club Hall.”

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Social distance will be observed, every place will receive a new mask every day, chess boards and pieces, as well as hands, will be sprayed before, during, and after playing. Playing halls will be sprayed a day before the competition starts and after the games in the evening.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation Director of security Mr. Mashavave and his team have been appointed as the covid-19 compliance officers. Dr. Mahoso who is the federation Director of health will also be on the ground to take care of any eventualities.

Dr. Collins Tongoona is excited about the resumption of the over-the-board chess competition.

Our players are raring to go, and my federation has lined up lots of prizes for all three sections and special prizes for ‘Best Madalas’ and ‘Best Youngest Player’. I would like to thank our sponsors New World Property Managers, Pulse Pharmaceuticals, and Crystal Candy also not to forget our Director of Health Dr. Mahoso who has donated masks, and Mr. Nyaire for the foot-operated sanitizers, just to mention but a few.” he concluded.

Chess Easter Open will be held from the 2nd to the 4th of April.

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