by Astrid Februarie
The Elsies River Chess Club A and B teams finished in second place in different divisions in the 2016 Western Province Chess League and celebrated with a special award ceremony.
Eugene Steenkamp, chess development director, says they are very proud of their achievements and believe it is due to their commitment to the game and the club.
“Our club members are extremely dedicated to the sport and to the club, always present themselves very well and never give up on a challenge. They always aim to win,” he says.
Steenkamp says the teams won in their respective divisions by outclassing teams such as Stellenbosch and UCT chess clubs and are thus promoted to the B and C Divisions of the Western Province League for this year.
The guest speaker at the event, provincial chief director of the cultural affairs and sport, Dr Lyndon Bouah, encouraged members to continue playing.
“Chess is a sport which can open many doors for players. You must be committed and dedicated to your team and as an individual in order to be successful,” he says.
Bouah is himself an avid chess player who has played professionally and represented South Africa at various tournaments across the world.
“I have travelled the world playing chess and have met many professionall chess players who encouraged and motivated me to play. They taught me more about the game and how to be the best chess player I could be,” he says.
Bouah says that with practise anyone can play chess and he hopes to see more young people play in future.
“Chess not only teaches us how to solve problems, but teaches us patience and helps us think more clearly before we make hard decisions,” he says.