TWENTY Zambia children, including an 8-year-old Grade 3 boy, have been enlisted for Chess24, an online training with the support of the Kasparov Chess Africa Foundation.
In an interview, Bright Muyenga who is Southern Province Project Chess Zambia coordinator under the Chris Flowers Foundation, revealed the majority children were from Livingstone.
“Chess24 has been developed where the kids in Zambia will interact with world champions via Skype. We have opened Skype accounts for them on Chess24 that also involved their parents. We were given 20 slots as Zambia and 13 of them are from Livingstone,” he said. “Trainers were also put on the programme so that they can get acquainted with trainings the kids will be going through on Chess24.”
Muyenga added that through Chess24 it was hoped that Zambia would produce a good crop of young players.
“This is an international programme and the first of its kind in Zambia,” said Muyenga who is one of the selected trainers.
He named the Livingstone based children selected for Chess24 as Petros Ngonga aged 14 of Zambezi Basic School, Palicha Hamuchilimba, 14 of Highlands School, Martin Mwandi, 12 also of Highlands and George Kapembe aged 12 of Maria Assumpta School.
Others are Brian Mambo, 12 from Dambwa School, Fridah Mweetwa, 12 from Libuyu School, Adonai Ndala, 8 of Mujala School, Emmanuel Mabuku, 12 of Libuyu School, Mwewa Kaswa,12 of Maria Assumpta, Emmie Kabinga, 12, from Linda West School, Natasha Nachula, 13 of Holy Cross School,
Adrian Njovu, 12 of Mujala School, and Hashernie Mukonde, 14 of Zambezi School.
The Livingstone based trainers include Joster Kandangwe and Annah Muyenga.