The Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union enabled by the generous sponsorship of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) will be handing over specially made chess boards for learners from Khanyisa School of the Blind on Thursday, 11 December at 09:30.
This will undoubtedly open a new world of opportunities for the youngsters who will also be provided with an unemployed chess coach by the regional association operating under the auspices of Eastern Cape Chess and Chess South Africa.
Mr Winston Dalpat, President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union, said the CDC sponsored the development of chess – that develops strategic thinking, mathematical skills and social skills amongst others – since 2011 in disadvantaged Nelson Mandela Bay suburbs.
“Coega funds the projects and create employment for chess coaches at the schools.
“The Principal of Khanyisa is very excited that her learners are now part of the Nelson Mandela Bay chess Union and that we will prepare them for participation in tournaments such as an annual chess tournament for the blind in Cape Town and perhaps even the South African Junior Chess Championships,” Dalpat said.
British Physiologist Thomas Henry Huxley once said: “The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”
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