CHESS enthusiasts gasped for breath when they watched Gugulethu’s Bongiwe Mbulawa displaying rare skill during the junior chess national championships held in Potchefstroom recently.
Bongiwe, representing the Western Province girls B under-10 team, played her best game. She claimed position number 8 nationally and helped her team to achieve a credible third position.
This means that she will be participating in the closed tournament which will decide whether she will be representing South Africa overseas.
The soft-spoken Bongiwe said she was “very very happy” with her perfomance.
“I thank my coaches for showing me how to play,” Bongiwe said.
Another Gugs player who left a mark in the tournament is Thabile Letlala who played for WP under 12 boys. His team came second.
Both players only started playing chess in 2007 and have since been thriving not only on the board but also at school.
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