Chess at Maritzburg College

Chess is continuing to grow as a sport at College, with a number of boys playing competitively, and with others just coming along for the friendly banter and mental sparring. The benefits of chess are clear as they enjoy the competitive challenge, but also sharpen their cognitive skills.

Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.

- Garry Kasparov

Our Chess Club has had a busy year, competing at Umgungundlovu District level, and further afield on our various exchanges with schools in Gauteng. Kiashen Maharaj (Form 3) has once again excelled by making the Umgungundlovu team, and has made Board 6 on the KZN team. Mpendulo Mbambo (Form 6) and Sizwe Yenzela (Form 5) deserve special mention as they made the Umgungundlovu team, and competed at the KZN trials.

Our team also did very well to come first in the less formal Midlands League against Maritzburg Christian School, St Charles College, Alexander High School, Girls’ High School, Carter High School, Heritage Academy and Grace College.

The 2015 season

The chess team performed very well in 2015, most notably at the Pietermaritzburg Top Schools 2015 Tournament. The U15 Team qualified in their age division and competed in Durban in the KZN Top Schools tournament on 11 September. They were placed third. Our U18 team is commended for coming 2nd in their age division at the trials for the Pietermaritzburg team.

Our team also did very well to come first in the less formal Midlands League against Maritzburg Christian School, St Charles College, Alexander High School, Girls’ High School, Carter High School and Grace College.

Kiashen Maharaj in Form 2 deserves special mention as he was selected to represent Ethekwini Chess Association at the South African Junior Chess Championships in Cape Town.

Berni Borain

TEACHER IN CHARGE

Mrs Bernice Borain

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