By Mthokozisi Dube
TAPIWA Jele and Mguni Charlene were crowned winners of the decentralised Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service Behind the Wall Chess Tournament held at Khami Maximum Prison over the weekend.
Launched in 2017, the Behind the Wall Chess Tournament has been confined to inmates and staff from Harare and surrounding prisons.
Post Covid-19, the chess tournament which accords prisoners and staff to showcase their talent, came with a bigger competition outside the capital this time in Bulawayo at Khami Maximum Prison.
Tapiwa Jele won the men’s open section, while Charlene Mguni emerged victorious in the ladies section.
ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu said the tournament is a milestone achievement in developing the game as confirmed by chess ratings and expectations.
“The tournament started in 2017 and we realised that we were short changing others who had a potential to participate, hence we decentralised this time around. Some inmates were left out of this competition, hence we are here today,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Chief Director Dr Benson Martins Dube commended the ZPCS and the Zimbabwe Chess Federation for a partnership that has heeded government’s call of leaving no one and no place behind.
“Government is committed in not leaving any place and no one behind, as such we commend ZPCS for considering the potential in these inmates to participate in this tournament,” he said.
Winners of this year’s Behind the Wall Chess Tournament walked away with certificates and food hampers.