The newly formed Chess club, Ice Queens of Serowe, might not be winning medals at the moment, but they are constantly adding a new dimension to the set up of chess clubs.
The club, formed by former Botswana Chess federation executive member, Tshimologo Kolaatamo, has drawn up a plan that would, in all probability, ultimately see them conquer all and sundry.
Kolaatamo told Sunday Standard Sport that they have set up four phases to take the club to dizzy heights.
“At the moment, we are in the recruitment phase. Then we will move into the talent identification phase, followed by the team building and Preparatory phase respectively,” said Kolaatamo.
The Jwaneng Technical College lecturer said that his team seeks to address all societal needs, if the need arises.
“We have bought our players, most of whom are under 10. We have installed a computer with various software to use. This will not only help them in terms of Chess, but also for their own personal development as we live in the world of technology these days,” he added.
Kolaatamo said they have enlisted current arbiter of the year, Alex Mpuisang, to drill the kids.
“Our players are young, so they needed someone who could teach them the rules of the game.
Besides, Mpuisang is a role model to many. The roping in of Mpuisang is part of our strategy to create jobs as he helps us. You see, our club operates within the tenets of vision 2016.”
Ice Queens is expected to boost the Chess federation’s activities. The federation has always wanted to stage youth tournaments, like the Under-10s or Under-12 events, but there were no players in that category to participate.
“Also, there are more girls in our team. This could help chess development as the interest from girls has been patchy,” he said.
Among the players registered with the new club are sensations Aaron Koketso, Matlhogonolo Motsu, Stephen Kgalagadi, Keabetswe Mazama, Boitumelo Tlhole, Balamu Masole, Boago Tlhabanelo, Kutlo Ditlhong and Johannes Kealetse. Koketso is also the club’s Secretary General.
Players to watch in the team are Bonolo Goiletswe, One Mpulubusi, Phatsimo Baruti and Lame Kolaatamo all of whom are Under-10s.