Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Pieces fall into place for visually impaired chess players

Limitless Minds chess academy will this weekend make history by hosting the first ever Botswana open youth championships for players with disability at the University of Botswana on the 18th August. In line with the academy’s commitment to support players with disability in the development of local chess, the initiative will witness children enrolled in the chess for the visually impaired program at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the blind engage in their maiden championships.

“Since we started training the visually impaired youth beginning of the year in February, this will be the first competitive tournament for the visually impaired. Our aim is to be the first mover in space by adopting an open minded and modern way of taking the game of chess to more people in Botswana and introducing programs designed to meet different communities within our society,” read a statement from Limitless Minds academy.

The academy emphasised that they are pushing hard in their efforts to assist local chess mother body Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) mandate which is in line with grassroots development of chess players. “As part of our contribution to sport, we are pushing to increase our weight towards the growth of the sport locally and across Africa,” read the statement.

With the championships open to all schools, academies, clubs and individual players, it is said the tournament will prepare players for the upcoming Botswana International Open Junior Chess Championships slated for 30th November to 3rd December. The tournament is one of the initiatives by Limitless aimed at increasing activity amongst young chess players preparing for the upcoming Botswana International Open Junior Chess Championship.

Ahead of the championships, Limitless academy in partnership with Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BAPS) hosted a refresher workshop for trainers as they prepared for the championships last month.

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