British Chess Grand Master Nigel Short is expected to drill young chess players in Gaborone this week. During his visit Short is expected to play against 50 local athletes this coming weekend at Game City Mall in Gaborone. Short has been invited by Talking Squares Chess Trust to drill local chess players in an effort to breed local Grand Masters.
Speaking during a press conference this week, the founder of the trust Kenneth Boikhutshwane said they intend to utilise the services of international chess stars like Short in order to take chess to a whole new level in Botswana.The current highest chess rating in Botswana is Candidate Master (CM). According to Boikhutshwane, Botswana has full potential of acquiring the highest chess title of Grandmaster soon.
“The project is very ambitious but very much attainable, the level of chess in Botswana is not so high but with the right coaching, I am certain that Botswana can also make it,” Short said.Short, who obtained his title at the tender age of 19, said it took a lot of self- sacrifice and determination for him to reach his dream. The GM advised that local athletes should practise more often to sharpen their chess skills.
He described chess as one of the cheapest sports to organise, adding that all that is required is a chessboard and passion to break it into the world of chess.Among other players expected to play against Short is local star Barileng Gaealafshwe who is the current Metropolitan National Chess Championships winner. “Playing against Short will be a dream come true for me.
I have always admired him and followed his games,” said the excited Gaealafshwe in an interview with Sun Sports yesterday (Tuesday).Gaealafshwe said as local players they hardly have the opportunity to play against chess maters of Short’s calibre. The local player said this would be quite a lifetime opportunity for him to interact with the British Grandmaster.Moreover Gaealafshwe said he is ready for the weekend encounter, adding that he will be going all out to test his chess game. “This is the opportunity to test the chess in me, this will be the tournament I will get to give it my all,” he said.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”