Chess whizz-kid eyes African championships

Making big moves... Amahle Zenzile

Promising chess star Amahle Zenzile, 11, has been invited to represent the country at the African Youth Chess Champs, in Nambia, in December.

She is currently ranked 2nd best player in the Western Cape in her age category and 5th in SA.

Amahle’s consistent hard work paid off in March this year at the South African Junior Chess Championships in Johannesburg, where she played against the top 30 under-12 girls from across the country.

With quiet confidence, she went on to receive her South African colours and finish 5th in her age group.

Since then Amahle has won the Western Cape schools chess under-11 girls’ division and the South African schools chess under-13 girls’ tournament.

That result saw her being invited to take part in the African Youth Chess Tournament, which takes place from Saturday December 14 to Sunday December 22.

Amahle started playing the sport two years ago, at Crossroads Chess Club.

It didn’t take her long to become one of the best players in her age group, maintaining an impressive rating and winning almost every tournament she took part in.

Her coach Thando Hlakula says Amahle enjoys success in chess because of her determination and her aptitude.

“The progress she has made in a very short space of time is quite remarkable,” said Hlakula.

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