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Monday, February 6, 2012

Botswana chess fed all set for 30th anniversary

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Hi everyone,

We love to hear chess news from everywhere particularly from countries where the magic of chess is beginning to catch up in mainstream life. The Botswana Chess Federation on Saturday unveiled a line up of activities they will host during the run up to their 30th Anniversary in July.

An old photo of World Chess Champ Vishy Anand with the Botswana chess community.

At a media workshop held at Yarona Country Lodge, the BCF President, Tshepo Sitale said the activities include the re-branding of the BCF with a new logo whose design will be open to the public. Sitale also announced they have engaged the services of a former chess champion to design a website for the chess body which will be unveiled at the climax of the anniversary which will include dinner and awards ceremony.

As part of their 30th anniversary activities, Sitale says the BCF will also donate computers to selected schools in a bid to speed up chess development in those schools. He did not say how many computers will be donated to which schools. He also said chess equipment will also be donated to various schools as part of the BCF's social responsibility initiatives.

Game City is billed to host a simultaneous chess display involving a chess master and tens of players, but the President would not immediately name the chess master that will be doing the simultaneous display. The Saturday media workshop ended with a tournament for media workers which was unfortunately won by someone who doesn't work in the newspaper, radio or television. However of interest was the fact that the likes of Radio Botswana's Lovemore Mario, Btv's Bethani Mandu, Gazette's Duncan Kgangkenna and a woman reporter from BOPA, Gontle Merafhe, took part in the tournament as well. Duma FM, Gabz FM were also represented at the workshop. However the likes of Mandu felt that the tournament did not help much due to the disparity in skills between those who were just learning about the game and those journalists who already knew the game.
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