Zimbabwe Chess teams announced

Sport Zimbabwe

Anashe Murombedzi

The Zimbabwe Chess Federation ZCF, has announced its five member men’s and women’s teams ahead of the World Chess Olympiad 2020 to be held in Moscow, Russia in August.

ZCF Public Relations Director, Thabo Elisha said the teams are ready to raise the country’s flag high at the competitions and will soon begin preparations.

“The selected team shall start preparations for the tournament in March this year. We wish them all the best”, he said

The men’s team includes International Master Farai Mandizha, International Master Roswell Makoto, Zhemba Jemusi, Spensor Masango, and Emerald Mushore. The ladies team comprises Women’s Candidate Master Refiloe Mudondo, Women’s Candidate Master Christine Makwena,
Women’s Candidate Master Kudzanai Charinda, Linda Shaba, and Tatenda Zengeni.

ZCF president Dr Collen Tongowona said he is happy with the team and urged the corporate world and well wishers to partner with the Federation in support of the National Chess teams ahead of their games.

“Chess is one of the most successful and yet under-recognized sports in the country. It therefore offers a significant marketing opportunity for an organization if they partner with the Zimbabwe Chess Federation”, Dr Tongowona said.

In October 2018 the Zimbabwe Men’s chess team performed its all time best at the World Chess Olympiad in Georgia, emerging as the second best Chess team in Africa after Egypt.