The recently held World Chess Federation (FIDE) congress in Turkey saw Zimbabwe’s Simbarashe Murimi appointed international arbiter.

The last time Zimbabwe had the powerful post was in early 80s.

Murimi’s appointment will come handy towards the development of the chess game.

The recent visit by the FIDE president, Kirsan Illyumizhinov has opened a positive future for the Zimbabwean chess family with the appointment of Murimi as an international chess arbiter.

Murimi said the appointment is a windfall to the chess fraternity as it has been the link they were lacking in equipping their chess officials.

The arbiter post is responsible for setting up chess rules and it comes at a time Zimbabwe was given the task of creating more chess players towards the 2 billion worldwide chess target.

Some of the appointments of the same post has six from Africa in total with the other appointment held by South Africa while the four are from chess powerhouse, Egypt.

The world chess president tasked the Zimbabwe Chess Association to take chess to the schools villages and homes and so far the association has held chess festivals across the country with an overwhelming response.

Last week a huge crowd attended the Sinosi Festival in Goromonzi while the Norton Dudley Hall will liven Norton this Sunday.