Chess and golf have something in common. Both have Olympic aspirations and while golf has just become an official Olympic sport again, after 112 years; an application for chess to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been made.
On Lowveld soil, the two sports have found common ground in the South African Junior Chess Championships to be held in Ekurhuleni outside of Johannesburg in December, with a fundraising golf day planned to help send promising chess players to the national championship.
The Ehlanzeni Chess Federation’s Golf Day takes place on Thursday, September 15, at the Nelspruit Golf Club. The format is a fourball alliance, with two scores to count on all holes.
Karen Taljaard, the Secretary of the Ehlanzeni Chess Federation, explains that 110 players, making up 13 teams, have been selected from across the region, which stretches from Lydenburg to Komatipoort. “It is the first year that we are able to send four all-girls teams to the SAs,” adds Karen, who proudly confirms that the standard of chess in the region grows year-on-year.
Chess is strongly supported in the region. A number of all-day tournaments are held throughout the year, culminating in the by-invitation only De Goede tournament, which helps Ehlanzeni chess officials select the teams to represent the federation in the nationals.
Companies that book fourballs will enjoy a game of golf, tee or green branding and a halfway house. There will also be prizes for all levels of golfing ability.
“There are many players who will need financial assistance to get to the SAs – which will be held over four days – and proceeds of the golf day will be used to support these deserving Under 8 to Under 20 players,” says Karen.
Groups of friends or companies can book a fourball with Lizelle Douglas at 083 448 9415.