Six junior players have been selected to represent Zimbabwe at the World Schools Chess Championship set for Krakow, Poland next month.
Over 65 aspiring young chess stars from a diverse number of primaryÂ Â schools among them; Selbourne Routledge, Rusunuguko, Mufakose 1, Gateway and Mahwanda Primary School in Chegutu converged at Prince Edward to showcase their prowess at the selection tournament.
In the U-9 category, one of Zimbabweâ€™s fastest rising chess stars, Mpumelelo Moyo of Mahwanda Primary School in Chegutu and Tinotenda Munaripi from Westlea Primary School in Harare, will represent the nation in their category after finishing as the best two players.
Takudzwa Mudzingwa from Selbourne Routledge and Benjamin Kandindo from Rusununguko Primary School will battle for global recognition in the U-13 age group.
The girls U-13 section saw Tafadzwa Maraidze from Chinembiri Primary School in Harare emerging as the best player.
Maraidze will represent the country alongside Tanyaradzwa Maguwu from the capitalâ€™s Gateway Primary School, who finished in second place.
The Zimbabwe Schools Chess Association Chairman, Joseph Moyo said following the selection is very important to adequately prepare the young players for the global chess showpiece.
â€œThe next step after the selection is to put the players in camp. We will set aside a coach to work with the young players to enhance their playing ability ahead of the world youth chess championship. Iâ€™m sure by the time the tournament comes we will be ready to challenge for honours because we have a lot of talent in Zimbabweâ€ Moyo said.
The World Schools Chess Individual Championship will be held in Krakow, Poland from the 29th of March to the 6th of April.