AFTER a tough battle, the young minds of Reshomile Primary School earned the number one spot by winning four gold, six silver and five bronze medals at chess.
Diepsloot Primary came second with two gold, two silver and five bronze. In third was Musenga Vhadzimu with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
The battle involved 100 chess players from five Diepsloot primary schools. They had to outmanoeuvre each other at the exciting one-day Moves for Live Chess Learner Tournament which took place at Muzomuhle Primary School recently.
The Moves for Life chess programme, sponsored by Montecasino, was attended by school principals, teachers, coaches, pupils, parents and 25 Montecasino staff who volunteered to help with organising and running of the event.
The annual chess tournament is open to the top 20 players at each school’s Master Moves classes, from grades R to 7. The players earn their ranking by scoring well at different competitions and trials.
The winning players are now ready to play in bigger regional and national tournaments, such as the SA Junior Chess Championship.
The tournament provides the players the opportunity to test their chess skills against new opponents.
Mike Page, general manager for Montecasino, said: “This has been the fifth Moves for Life chess tournament. It is an excellent promotion for the game and is entertaining for all the people involved.”
Shanda Paine, Tsogo Sun Group corporate social investment manager, praised the newly crowned chess masters.
“Chess has for long proved to be a sport of great value to pupils. The game directly contributes to improvements in maths and English. It boosts the players’ concentration, problem-solving skills, communication, sportsmanship as well as many other positive benefits.
“For me, the most interesting part of chess are not the bluffs and gambits but the mental toughness that develops over long-term play.”