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    Gokomere form 2 pupil wins national chess champs

    •    Flying to Zambia to represent Zim in continental competitions


    - Kudzai Mhandu who is a Form 2 pupil at Gokomere High School is the national youth chess champion after clinching first position at the national chess finals held at Matopo High School in Matebeleland South recently.
    Mhandu will represent the country at the Africa Youth Chess Championship in Lusaka, Zambia in August and Africa Scholars Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in.
    Mhandu is not new to the continental championships as he has represented the country twice before, at the Africa Scholars Championship in Botswana in August last year where he clinched 5th position out over 53 athletes from across the continent.
     In Decemeber 2015 he raised the country's flag high when he came out number 4 at the Africa Youth Chess Championship in Lusaka, Zambia.
    Kudzai's coach and teacher Masimba Mutakaya who has been tutoring chess at Gokomere since 2009 had a chat with The Mirror last week on Friday.
     "The boy has made the school and the country proud with his brilliant play and wish that this year he will be a Candidate Master this year," said Mutakaya.
    Kudzai won the right to represent the country after outperforming 19 other players from the country's 10 provinces at National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) sponsored finals held at Matopo High.
    "I want to beat my last record in the forthcoming African competitions and hopefully become a Grand Master, the highest level of chess," said Kudzai.
    The chess whizkid started playing at primary level in grade 4 when he enrolled with Glen Norah Knights Chess Academy which was under the watchful eye of John Chibvuri who inspired him.
    Kudzai started collecting medals from as early as grade 5 when he clinched bronze in the Prince Edward and Churchill Boys High School Festival.
    At the Zimbabwe Open he was adjudged the best U12 when he was in grade 5 and best U13 when he was doing grade 6.
    At the Gokomere Chess Festival Kudzai in grade 5 and 6 then was rated the Best on Board although he was competing against secondary school students.
    Gokomere has produced some of the best chess players in the country including 2010 U20 gold medallist at national NASH championships held at Plumtree High school in Matebeland South, Kelvin Chigondo, 2011 Tafadzwa Tomu won gold in the U18 national championships held at Evelyn High School, Bulawayo together with Chido Tonhodzai in the girls' category.
    In 1989 Kudzanai Mamombe achieved the Candidate Master in Africa which is a record for the school.
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