Local Africa Amateur Chess Champion, Thuso Mosutha is expected to jet off to Greece mid next week to represent Botswana at the 2016 World Amateur Chess Championships. Mosutha qualified for the world event after he emerged the Africa Amateur Champion from the last continental event in Mozambique.
The African Amateur Chess Championships is open to all players representing African federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the African Chess Confederation (ACC).
The World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 will be held in Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. The 21 year old Mosutha is expected to fly to Halkidiki on the 16th of April 2016, the ten day tournament is expected to start on the 18th to 28th April.
Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) spokesperson Keenese Katisenge said Monday that the federation was happy to send Mosutha to contest against his peers at the world stage.
“BCF has trust in him and confidence that he will play according to his ability. Though it is his first ever world event championship he is a capable lad and we are optimistic that he will make the country proud” said Katisenge.
She said they expect him to get exposure and gain experience from the championships that will put in good stead for future national and international chess championships. The BCF is also happy because Mosutha is one the players they are grooming for the senior national team.
Katisenge further explained that the young Mosutha has also won a number of national tournaments and has defeated a good number of the country’s top rated players.
BCF Secretary General, Alex Mpuisang will accompany Mosutha to Greece and is expected to prepare him psychologically so that he does not lose focus. Mpuisang is an accredited FIDE coach with experience in working with players of different age groups, backgrounds and experience.
Mosutha’s qualification to the event has already boosted his confidence on the board. He was one of the feared opponents at the 2016 Metropolitan National Chess Championships.
To fully prepare him for the coming world event so that he gains confidence, BCF has included him and other upcoming players in the 2016 World Chess Olympiad qualifiers where he is playing against Botswana’s top rated titled and most experienced players.
“The senior players in the Olympiad qualifiers have represented Botswana at Zonal, Continental and World events and have even played against Grandmasters whom we believe they will give him necessary match practices and will gain experience from them” Katisenge.