By Lawrence Trusida
ZIMBABWE has progressed to the Championship Round of the first-ever Intercontinental Online Chess Tournament for prisoners.
The first stage of the tournament saw 42 teams from 31 different countries being placed in eight groups.
It was a good start with Zimbabwe topping a group that had the likes of Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands and North Macedonia to progress to the next round.
Zimbabwe is now in the Championship Round where the country will face England, the United States of America, Croatia, Argentina and North Macedonia with the winner of the group going through to play the final against the winner from group B.
The inmates are ecstatic after getting a rare opportunity to represent the country.
The Prisons and Correctional Services will continue to avail more opportunities in sport for inmates.
“We are happy with them, chess is a game of the mind and eases the mind so this helps them in their stay here to abstain from indiscipline and we will support them all the way,” said Chief Superintendent Moses Gukurume, office in charge Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
Chess has become a popular sport in prison after the Zimbabwe Chess Federation and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services introduced a tournament dubbed ‘Behind the Walls’ last year.
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