Zimbabwe Chess gears up for the inaugural Online Olympiad

By ZBC Reporter

The Zimbabwe Chess Federation is gearing up for the inaugural Online Chess Olympiad, an event that will see 163 teams and over 1 500 participants from all over the world battling for glory.

The six member Zimbabwean team is leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the first ever Online Chess Olympiad to be hosted by the World Chess Federation from the 18th to the 30th of this month.

While the over-the-board Olympiad has been postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the inaugural online edition is expected to captivate chess enthusiasts globally.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation Public Relations Director Thabo Elisha welcomed the initiative saying “it has come at an opportune time where most players have now turned to virtual competitions.”

“We are quite pleased with the news that we will be part of this inaugural event. It simply means as a country we are making great strides in chess as we are getting the world recognition. The initiative is quite awesome as players will be able to compete virtually. While we expect the situation to normalize, at least the online events are keeping us busy and abreast with modern day chess trends.”

163 teams will take part at the event and over 1 500 participants from all over the world will battle it out it for honours.

Each team will consist of six main players, including at least two women, at least one player who is 20 years old or younger, and at least one girl who is 20 or younger.

Zimbabwe finished second in Africa at the last Olympiad in Batumi.