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Masango wins JR Mawere memorial chess tourney

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Masango wins JR Mawere memorial chess tourney


Theresa Zibowa

KWEKWE-Seasoned chess player Spencer Masango is the overall winner of this year’s edition of the Johnson Rex (JR) Mawere Memorial Chess Tournament held over the weekend at Kwekwe High School.
Masango won the tournament’s open section and walked away with US$400 prize money and a floating trophy, while Christine Makwena won the women’s category and received US$250. 
The tournament in its third year running is sponsored by the Mawere family to celebrate the life and work of the late former executive Kwekwe Mayor, who was instrumental in sports development in the district.
Mawere’s grandson Mike Mawere sponsored the tournament’s two categories, the open section and a developmental section for schools. 
Sixty-one individuals, 39 male and 22 female players participated notably, an eight-year-old Victoria Falls girl Princess Eleanor Ncube who participated in the ladies’ open section. 
Roy Mwadzura came second in the men’s open section and walked away with US$ 250, Tapiwa Jele came third and received US$200 with Blessing Moyo in fourth position getting US$150. Muririma Mugove came fifth and received US$80. Tawanda Mhako was awarded the best player under 20 in the open section and went away with US$ 30.
Christine Makwena won the women’s category and received US$250, with Colletah Wakuruwarewa in second position and receiving US$200. Tatenda Ndou bagged US$150 for coming third, while Sandra Munyimani came fourth and received US$100. Vimbayi Chikowore came fifth and got US$50, while Grace Zvarehwa from Queens of Chivhu club was awarded best under 20 player and got US$ 30.
Good Hope Junior School was awarded best primary school and received a trophy. Maryward was also awarded best Secondary school and also received a trophy.
Players came from Filabusi, Victoria falls, Bulawayo, Harare, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gokwe and Chivhu. 
Chief tournament organiser Itayi Madicha told The Mirror that the tournament is meant to motivate junior chess players.
“Johnson Rex Mawere chess tournament is held in memory of our former Mayor and Town Clerk. We are calling for the National Association of Secondary School Heads (NASH) to support such tournaments to have more schools participating in the tournament,” said Madicha.

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