Young chess player in Uganda

  • Tsena Young Chess

Thuto Mpene, the 10-year-old chess champion, will take part in Africa schools championship chess tournament scheduled for Uganda from tomorrow until July 4.

Mpene, who was bid farewell at Letlhakeng main kgotla, was expected to leave for Uganda yesterday to join other chess champions.

Bidding the young chess player farewell on Monday, Letlhakeng Sub-council chairperson, Thomas Batlhophi congratulated Mpene for doing well in chess and representing Botswana in the international stage.

He said sport could earn a living for players and families, and encouraged the young man to keep aiming higher.

He said he should know that he was representing Botswana and should raise the country’s flag high.

Batlhophi further said Mpene had what it takes to perform well and bring a medal home.  He applauded his parents for supporting him, saying it was the support that had propelled him to win chess tournaments.

His father, Keemenao Keresiane said he was proud of his son as they helped him to grow interest on chess.

He said when Mpene was a toddler, together with the mother, they played chess at home, and the young boy developed interest in the sport, and they supported him ever since.

Keresiane added that they contacted Botswana Chess Federation and with the assistance of Vincent Masole, Mpene participated in a chess tournament at Oasis Motel where he took position three.

He stressed that chess needed a lot of support and sponsorship while the players needed to participate in many tournaments, especially outside the country where they could get rated.  Mpene’s father...

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