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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Chess-loving President Zuma urges the young to take up chess!

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Hello everyone,

Here is more chess news from Africa where chess is gaining ground. The annual Presidential Chess tournament was held on the 20th of December 2011 in KwaZulu Natal. The event was organised by Sandile Xulu, in partnership with LoveLife-KZN. 

The guest of honour was of course the chess-loving president, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma.

The tournament was organised at the request of the President in order to teach the youth patience and strategic thinking, and to promote recreational activity in rural areas. 60 youths from schools in the Nkandla and neighbouring areas took part in the tournament. The group consisting of players at a learner level varied in age with players as young as 11 to players the age of 21. The tournament also included an open category for members of the public to participate.

President Zuma called on young people to take up the sport of chess as it contributes to the development of strategic thinking which is an important element of life for school going children. More details at Fide.

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