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World body commits to developing women

Woman Grand Master (WGM), Anastazia Karlovich from Ukraine has recently launched the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Women’s Commission.

 In the same event held at Yarona Country Lodge on January 17, the local chess federation also launched its calendar of events for this year. Karlovich came to Botswana last Wednesday to motivate women and girls in the code of chess. Her visit came after an agreement was made between World Chess Federation (FIDE) and BCF to help bridge the gap between men and women in chess.

Speaking during the event, Karlovich said there is a big potential for chess in Botswana and that the programme will encourage women to be strong. “My main reason here is promotion of women in chess and my part is to encourage women and the girl child to continue playing chess as well as improve their conditions,” she said.

The Ukrainian chess master also supported the local chess federation’s mandate of bringing a new body that would deal with women issues at an advanced level.

Also in support of such initiative, BCF brought Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO) on board to help address the needs of women. WASBO chairperson, Mmapula Keaiketse said they also supported the debvelopment of the girl child and  therefore it is fitting that they applaud the launch of a body that share their burden.

Another speaker, BCF president, Tshenolo Maruatona said they have observed that disparity between men and women was a challenge. “Initiatives like this encourage women. I want to see women fight it out with men because chess is not a physical game,” he said.

He added that the federation was weary of seeing same players over and over without new ones coming up. BCF is now on a mandate to cascade chess at primary schools. Now in partnership with National Development Bank, the federation has donated 100 chess sets and boxes to 25 primary schools around the country.

Karlovich visited Metsimotlhabe Primary School to motivate children to play and enjoy chess. She complemented their teachers for doing their best to help the children. She said parents should also encourage their children to play chess at an early stage. She however indicated that children should not be pushed but allowed to enjoy the game.

Karlovich said she was impressed by how the children she visited enjoyed playing chess and showed enthusiasm. Former BCF president, now the FIDE zone 4.3 president, Tshepo Sitale expressed his appreciation towards FIDE for sending Karlovich to Botswana.

He said her visit will opens doors for Botswana women’s chess and perhaps encourage other countries to bring more women to the Olympia. He also thanked the new women commission for accepting the mandate. The commission is led by Woman International Master (WIM) Tshepiso Lopang as its chairperson. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Mompati Thankane

Location : GABORONE

Event : BCF Women’s Commission Launch

Date : Jan 19 Sun,2014

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