CHIREDZI-Lowveld Chess Club is set to hold an open tournament in remembrance of the late club President, Piraishe Mabhena. He died on December 31, 2021, at the age of 42. It will be held at Westwood Lodge on April 30, 2023.
The club Secretary General, Jonathan Shonhiwa, confirmed the development to The Mirror and said the tournament is meant to pay tribute to the late Club president and founder.
“We have decided to pay tribute to him. The tournament failed to be held in 2022 due to some logistical problems. We are happy that we can now make it happen,” said Shonhiwa
Shonhiwa said the tournament will be open to all chess players in the Lowveld. The highest winner will walk away with US$80, and the second winner with US$60. The third winner will walk away with US50.
He also said that the best under 12 years winner gets US$20, whilst the best female winner gets US$20, and the best over 50 years winner will get US$20 also.
At the time of Mabhena’s demise, he was chairperson of the Masvingo Chess Federation Association.
Mabhena was not only into chess; he was the chairperson of First Stance Body, a committee responsible for enforcing club licencing and ensuring that local stadiums meet international standards.
Mabhena was also Tongaat Hulett former ICT manager.