The Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) is hosting their Open Championship beginning New Year’s Day and hope attract the continent’s best and brightest players. The press release stated that more than 200 “mental gymnasts” are expected to compete. ZCF President Charles Kuwaza was optimistic about attracting a strong field.
We have some of the best players in the region having already confirmed their participation. It is the biggest tournament to have been hosted in the region with big prize money in the offing. We are looking forward to it and we hope the prizes will stay here.
The 11-round format expects to attract players such as IM Robert Gwaze, IM-elect Farai Mandizha, Spencer Masango and Emily Zengeni along with regional players such as IM Watu Kobese of South Africa.
Link: Taddy Manyepo, “Chess Masters to descent on Harare,” The Independent, 23 December 2010.