Chess is a strategic sport played for recreational and competitive reasons. It is one of the oldest and most popular board games. The sport’s modern game evolved from the European continent, but its history can be traced back to Indian and Persian origin. The chess club on the Mahikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) maintains that their sport teaches a lot of life lessons, including sacrifice, the need to think ahead and also taking notice of patterns. The Mahikeng team trains and hosts tournaments at the swimming pool venue.
The NWU Mahikeng Chess Club has also made their presence felt at local, provincial and national level. Here are some of their achievements:
- In 2017 the team had a player in the top 15 of the USSA competition out of +100 players.
- In 2018 the team had a player who won the men's section of the provincial tournament (Ray Laureles). A female player also won the women’s section of the provincial tournament (Ray Laureles).
- In 2019 the team had a player in the top three of the Human Rights Day tournament, which was hosted by the club. Female players from the club achieved positions 1, 2 and 3 in a Women's Day tournament hosted at the NWU's Mahikeng Campus. The club also had one player who won the 2019 NW provincial title.
The NWU Potchefstroom Chess Club is a vibrant club with interesting members from across the entire campus. We pride ourselves on developing every member in the club to their full potential. Since the inception of the lockdown our club has moved to functioning online only. We have training on Thursday evenings on the Engineering Campus. For now, however, we are happy to make do with our online tournaments and events. Alumni and staff members are welcome in our online participation too.
Joseph Matlohong- 016-910-3207/ 064-191-6121