Zimbabwe Chess Federation incorporates inmates

By ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF)Harare Chapter has come up with an initiative to help rehabilitate inmates through sport.
While others may despise inmates, for the ZCF Harare Chapter, incorporating those incarcerated in the sport is a way of helping the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS)in the rehabilitation process of prisoners is the way to go.
The ZCF Harare Chapter executive has gone all out and invited five inmates from Harare Central Prison to participate at the inaugural National Youth Day Social Tournament at Prince Edward School in Harare on Friday.
“We saw it wise to involve inmates as well because they are people just like us, being incarcerated does not we have to neglect them we have to help them trace back their roots into the society by involving them in such events and sport just like chess here. Instead of youths spending the day at home, we saw it fit to organize this tournament, socialise and exchange notes,” Todd Mapingire ZCF Harare Province Chairman said.
For the inmates, the game of chess has taught them to be patient and to be able to trace back their lives.
“I developed some interest with the sport behind bars, I learnt that others are earning a living through it and I hope when I come out of prison I will be able to join clubs and compete professionally,” said Aloud Hurumba, an inmate.
“Chess has taught me many things among them is self-discipline and patience. With chess I sharpen my brains because it is a sport which requires one to be quick thinking and very calculative,” said Pardon Madyedzo another inmate.
Emerald Mushore was crowned champion after scoring 5.5 points, while Roy Mwadzura came second on 5.5 points as Elisha Chimbamu finished third with 5.0 points.
The tournament also witnessed a significant number of Zimbabwe’s finest chess talent which include the recent winner of Zimbabwe Open; Spencer Masango and the ladies highest rated player, Kudzanayi Charinda taking part.
The National Youth Day Social Tournament saw over 90 players ranging from inmates, high school students and the general public taking part.