Approximately one year ago, The Chess Drum was introduced to the South Africa-based African Chess Lounge (ACL). At that time, they were holding qualifiers for a long-awaited television broadcast featuring blitz matches, news and interviews. That time has come as Reuben Salimu sent out a press release. National Master Jerald Times is commentating along with Nadia Russon.
Chess enjoys immense popular support in our community and is a great tool to build confidence in individuals and to improve mental abilities such as planning, logical thinking, mathematics and strategy.
This programme is aimed at potential and existing chess enthusiasts (young and old) and is aimed at promoting chess as a tool for youth and personal development.
The TV show is based on the popular and high impact version of the game called “Blitz” or “Speed Chess” which lends itself towards television as it is short and dramatic.
African Chess Lounge will select participants through different criteria which will also be featured on the show. The programme will be presented by a dynamic chess enthusiast and will consist of player profiles, two matches per episodes and an educational chess insert. Each week the winner of the match will qualify for a final showdown.
The programme will build dramatic tension by going “behind the scenes” including a glimpse into the lives of the contestants to build viewer loyalty to the players as “characters”.
Each show will feature a developmental focus by picking various local chess groups, clubs, schools and organizers and administrators behind them along with their motivations for starting these groups.
We will also show developmental activities that individuals, corporate, social groups and government are doing with chess in underprivileged communities.
~ Executive Producer – Reuben Salimu