Botswana Secures Third Position At Africa Youth Chess Championships

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Out of the 15 African countries that participated at the 15th edition of the Africa Youth Chess Championships that was held in Gauteng, South Africa from the 15th of June to the 23rd of June 2024, team Botswana has secured the third spot after winning four medals.

The competition was won by Egypt while South Africa took position two. Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) had sent a total of 14 boys and girls who participated in different categories including U 8, U12, U14, U16, and U18 years.  The association had fielded Ngwao Keolotile and Saishanvi Reddy in under eight years category while Sandeep Sanjay and Melissa Otimile competed in under 10 years.

Mogomotsi Kefentse and Toor Qudsia participated in the under-12 category while Ezra Battlet, Zeyin Wu, Maya Otimile, and Eesha Nalamalpu participated in the under 14 years category.

Thuto Mpene and Women Candidate Master (WCM) Phoebe Moshoboro competed in under 16 years while Women Fide Master (WFM) Naledi Marape and Arona Moshoboro competed in under 18 years.

Nalamalpu’s sisters won bronze medals in under eight-year girls and under 14 years category while Otimile won a silver in under 14 years girls category. Fide Master Marape won gold medal in under 18 girls category to qualify for the 2025 World Youth Chess Championships.

In an interview, BCF Public Relations Officer Goitsemodimo Cordeliah said that going into the competition, they had targeted to win a total of five medals, but one of the players  unfortunately lost in the last round of the under-16 boys in which they were aiming for a bronze medals. Despite the set back, Cordeliah has appreciated the team for its performance indicating that they delivered their best though they had some hiccups.

Cordeliah has appreciated the parents for the support that they gave to their children who participated in the competition indicating that some of the parents even travelled with the team to South Africa to support their children.

 Meanwhile, Botswana Chess Federation will host the Chess Blitz Championships at University of Botswana in Gaborone on the 29th June 2024.

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