How many Heads-of-State have attended a chess tournament? In recent memory we remember the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the 2008 Chess Olympiad cheering his team on to victory. He has also attended several meetings of the Armenian Chess Federation and is a staunch supporter of chess in schools. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa may be the latest to support chess initiatives which includes co-founding the newly-launched “Moves for Life“.
“The President wants us to reach out to more places, particularly where there are previously disadvantaged people. Next year, we plan to move to other rural areas because people want us to, and the response has been great,” tournament organiser Sandile Xulu told BuaNews.
Zuma attended the Nkandla Chess Tournament attracting nearly 100 players from KwaZulu and Gauteng provinces. The President even tried his hand against the competition. Present amongst the attendees were international master Watu Kobese and SA champ Kgaogelo Mosetle.