Rewlatch Primary School holds successful chess tournament

The Kajol Naidoo Rewlatch Holiday Chess Tournament was launched on the first day of the mid-term school holidays, June 27 and 28 at Rewlatch Primary School.

With over 50 learners from surrounding schools including Turffontein and Suidheuwels, the U13, U11, and U9 sections were all aiming for the medals and trophies on display.

After opening prayers and support from principal Steyn and the introduction of the district director Mr Mathews with his words of support and wisdom, the learners were motivated by local chess teacher Rasumi Durais (also author of Chess – the gymnastics of your mind) and then Tournament Sponsor SA National Protea and African Continental Champion, 10 year old Kajol Naidoo gave all motivation through a PowerPoint presentation, sharing her chess journey and reflections, which also featured a treat of her piano, and then dancing skills.

Learners concentrating on the game of chess. Photograph: Lucky Thusis

Kajols dad, Gerard Naidoo, also ensured parents, coaches and teachers were given a rundown on what it takes to support a champion – the stage was set for the day administered over by Johannesburg Metro Chess Arbiter, Eric Mphathi.

With school-sponsored lunch packs and the school treating all to a tournament embalmed ceremonial cake cutting treat, the need for additional and future sponsors yields true value and giveback/community upliftment that brings not only pure joy, but a skill to youngsters, keeping them tweaked in mathematics and strategy, and away from mischief during their spare time or their holidays.

Kajol Naidoo flanked by Rewlatch Primary School principal Steyn and Rewlatch Chess teacher Rassie Durais. Photograph: Supplied

Day two saw Vicky Magoo, President of Johannesburg Sports Confederation also give support to the event and learners, with Mphathi always ensuring the learners were on time and within rules.

Mr Matthews again on day two graced the event with his oversight, committing to ensure that these schools are in future given the inclusion and support these aspiring chess kids deserve.

After four rounds of day two chess, the top two players in each category were treated to a simultaneous playoff with Champion Kajol, but sadly none were able to defeat her on the day. =1JNWmC8uHW0

Medals and trophies sponsored by Kajol Naidoo from her own winnings and awards. Photographs: Lucky Thusis

Prize giving was abuzz with cheers and fun and as the schools jostled for a place, medals and trophies. All participants received medals, and the top three and best girl in each of the three categories received trophies and medals with the overall floating trophy and top spot going to Suidheuwels Primary.

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