Chess star continues to shine

NOMALUNGELO Mathe (18) an upper six student at Sizane High School has continued to break the myth that only men are good at playing chess after scooping the first position in the Olympiad competitions which were held in Norway.

Mathe won the Woman Candidate Master in a competition which saw 136 countries taking part.

Winning the title afforded the talented player the opportunity to represent the nation at the World Youth Competitions which will be held in South Africa from 19 to 30 September.

a�?We will be leaving the country on Thursday for the World Youth tournament which will be held in South Africa. A total of 15 students from different schools around Zimbabwe will be representing the country during the tournament,a�? she said.

She said she feels elated that she has continued to raise the nationa��s flag high at different competitions.

a�?I am a chess player and very good at my thing. I have achieved a lot as I have been in countries such as South Africa, France, Romania, Greece and Brazil, among others. I am happy and proud of myself that I have managed to represent the country at different tournaments and came home with titles. a�?

Last year Mathe went to Greece between April and May where she won a certificate and a board at the World Scholars Chess Championship. She also took part in the Africa Youth Chess Championship in Egypt.

Mathe revealed that she started playing chess at home when she was being taught by her brother and least did she know that one day she would be touring different countries in the world representing Zimbabwe.

a�?I was taught how to play chess by my brother at home and I never knew that one day I will be a champion. I went for the provincial selection when I was in Form Two where I took position one and also went for the national selection in Brazil and again I surprised everyone because no one expected that since it was my first time,a�? she added.