Debswana Chess league 2020 that was played over the weekend has been hailed as a success.
The sentiments were shared by Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) secretary general Mokwadi Tingwane in an interview with The Telegraph Sport.
Defending champions Enpassent Chess Club who won the championships in the previous year defended their crown and remained supreme. Newcomers, Young Grandmasters chess club was a surprise package whose players competed well and finished runners up to Enpassent while Chess Motifs came third.
Tingwane observed that “last year the championships attracted 16 clubs and this year there were two more clubs that entered the competition. The two new clubs are Young Grandmasters and Evergreen, with Ramotswa doing well despite not being in top 10 last year. The event went very well and we are looking forward to a more successful one in 2021 because every year we want to always improve from the previous tournaments,” Tingwane said.
The champions walked away with P15 000 prize money, with position two walking away with P11 000 and third position walking away with P9 000. According to the BCF official the prize money helped in triggering tough competitions among clubs and players.
“Enpassent chess club has always shown an upper hand when they topped the log after accumulating 20 match games and 62 points when they went into the finale this weekend,” opined Tingwane. He further added that the champions had won all their first 10 matches hence making less work for them, by being in the lead prior to the finals. BCF thanked Debswana for helping to grow chess in Botswana and nurturing talent of who will represent the country in international events.