Chess federation holds training workshop Jerry Nash

Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter

THE high profile International Chess Federation (FIDE) delegation kicked off their mission in Zimbabwe with the hosting of the Preparation of Teachers Course (PoT) at Joina City yesterday.

The delegation comprises FIDE Chess in Education commission chairman Jerry Nash from the SA, FIDE development director Grandmaster Nigel Short and South African Anzel Laubscher, who is the FIDE EDU member.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation are hosting the chess experts, who arrived in the country on Sunday, to promote their Schools Initiative spearheaded by the Crystal Candy National Schools Chess League.

The visitors are also expected to meet officials from key stakeholders in the administration and governance of sport and education in the country, including the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Evelyn Ndlovu, and senior members of the Sports Commission.

The delegation will conduct PoT training for teachers and chess coaches to enhance their skills in teaching chess to students. Another event lined up as part of the tour is the “Black Tie Corporate Chess Challenge with Grandmaster Nigel Short”.

Visiting FIDE Chess in Education Commission Chairman, Nash was excited by the enthusiasm at yesterday’s training workshop.

“I am very happy with the turnout. It is impressive considering that we came here at short notice. The course will help teachers especially those who want to take chess development to all age groups.

“We are happy with the way Zimbabwe Chess Federation has managed to bring some corporates on board,” said Nash. The course has seen 75 participants taking part in the programme whose curtain will come down tomorrow.

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