Harare will be a hive of activity when the Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) hosts the traditional Easter Chess Tournament at Causeway Post Office as part of efforts to develop the game at grassroots level.

The high profile three-day tournament, which usually attracts players from neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Zambia gives local players the much-needed exposure and an opportunity to play against high profile players from the Southern African region.

Tournament director Elton Mhangarayi said they have a huge turnout in all the sections despite the late advertisement of the tournament.

The Zimbabwe chess open has been a regular feature on the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa calendar for years.

It has three categories, open ladies and men as well juniors for players under the age of 14.

Last year the tournament was won by Zambian duo of FIDE Master Geofferey Luanja and compatriot International Master Gillian Bwalya and this year local players are likely to break the jinx that has seen the tournament being dominated by foreign players.

Chess is a sport for all seasons and enjoyed by all ages.

Zimbabwe has a vibrant school chess programme which produces good players.

These players, however, tend to drop out after high school making it difficult to catch up with the regional peers.