The 2017 African Schools Individual Chess championship was officially opened in the capital with nine countries attending the event.

Officially opening the tournament, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane said he is grateful for the support Zimbabwe got from FIDE in the development of chess.

Africa Chess Confederation president, Lewis Ncube said the event provides a new era in Zimbabwe and it is a major tournament in Africa from the base of schools while Sport and Recreation board chair, Edward Siwela said they are proud to host the tournament.

FIDE president, Kirsan Illyuminizhinov said the tournament is one of the programmes lined up in Africa to develop chess in schools.

The Vice President of Zimbabwe, Cde Phelekezela Mphoko who was invited by the FIDE president made a move which marked the official opening of the games.

167 players from nine countries namely Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and hosts Zimbabwe are taking part at the continental tournament.