Chess whizkid basks in glory following chess tournament victory

Tawanda Munthali

Zimbabwe national team chess player Linda Shaba is basking in glory after winning the recently held Girls and Women Chess Open hosted by the auspices of the Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF).

Shaba came out victorious in the 54 player tournament after she pipped fellow national team player Kudzanayi Chirinda in the 7th and final round to win the coveted crown. She finished with 6, 5 points out of a possible 7 after she faced favorites Tatenda Zengeni and  Christine Makwena in her quest to victory.

Shaba said she was happy to register back to back wins after claiming the bragging rights in the last over the board tournament.

“It is a great feeling to win a tournament, it was another moment for me as I managed to register back to back wins after winning the Zimbabwe Chess Open which was held in December 2021,” Shaba said.

In her quest to victory Shaba faced fellow national team compatriot Makwena in the dramatic and nail biting fifth round. A round that she believes was the toughest as she managed to win by time after her opponent ran out of time.

“Round 5 was the toughest as I faced an opponent who also had perfect scores and she also had time to prepare and we played to the very last minute and I had to win after my opponent ran out of time and I had to claim,” Shaba said.

Focus is now shifted to the Zimbabwe Easter Open 2022 slated for the 15th to the 18th of this month, a tournament that ZCF president Collen Tongowona is expecting to be a massive tournament.

“In the past two years, it hasn’t been easy hosting such events due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic challenges it brought. This has taught us to value and cherish such moments. We expect a massive tournament and great competition” Tongowona said.

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