Limitless Minds Chess Academy continues to make some strides in achieving its mandate of taking chess to the marginalized groups or communities.
The academy will on the 18th-19th of August 2018 host an age category youth tournament at University of Botswana, Gaborone with all players aged 21 and below eligible to play at the tourney. The age categories are under: seven (7); nine (9); eleven (11); thirteen (13); fifteen (15); seventeen (17) and twenty one (21) which is open to both boys and girls from across the country.
According to the academy director Keenese Katisenge the tournament forms part of the preparations for the Botswana International Junior Open Chess Championships which they will host later in November. “This is part of our activations for the upcoming international tournament which will be hosted later this year. We are using activations to market the event to all stakeholders, so this August competition will give an opportunity to brief coaches, parents and players on how preparations are going and to also give those full details for the event and a feel of what they should expect in November,” said Katisenge.
Katisenge also highlighted that the August tourney will also give coaches a chance to assess the training needs of their players which will enable further preparation before or ahead of the major tournament in November.
With Limitless being the custodians of Chess for the Visually Impaired initiative, all children who have enrolled for the programme will also make their debut performance in a competitive tournament. “This tournament will have a section for players living with disabilities therefore our children in Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind will be taking part in the event and it will be their first competition,” she said.
Further, Katisenge said: “We have not yet secured sponsors for this tournament so it’s a self-sponsored event. We are still looking for a sponsorship for the November event which is our main priority and our hope is that an initiative like the August tournament will help us sell the big event to various stakeholders as we continue our sponsorship drive.”
“But we appeal to corporate companies and individuals to support this noble course,” he added.
Winners of the tournament stand a chance to win chess sets, medals, trophies and certificates. The registration fee is set at P75.