A total of 40 chess players will battle it out in the Zimbabwe School of Mines Chess Open tournament set for Saturday.
The tournament is hosted by the Bulawayo Chess Association and is open to all chess players in the country.
Bulawayo Chess Association publicity manager Russell Dzute said preparations have been done.
a�?At least 40 players have confirmed their participation. It promises to be a competitive affair as the tournament will feature some of Bulawayoa��s top players including Bulawayo champion and national team player Castro Sibanda who has also confirmed his participation.
a�?It is going to be the biggest tournament after the National University of Science and Technology Open tournament held in April this year,a�? said Dzute.
The tournament will be played in seven rounds with players playing individually in three categories namely the open, the ladies and the primary school section with winners walking away with different prizes.
Dzute also said registration fees were pegged at $5 with an extra fee for the players who failed to meet last Saturdaya��s player registration deadline. He also urged the corporate world to support the sport while he thanked the Ministry of Education, Right Trust and Virtuous Womena��s Trust for their continued support.