The Schools Chess Development Programme encourages Tembisa schools to take part in all chess events it stages.
The founder of the programme, Karabo Mabela, said chess plays a crucial role in the development of schoolgoing children.
On August 11 the organisation staged a successful chess event at Child Academy in Tembisa, although some of the invited schools did not show up for the games.
Almero Du Pisanie from Ekurhuleni North Schools Chess graced the event to give support to the young Tembisa chess players.
“The children really enjoyed the chess tournament and we see this as the start of a great journey in Tembisa where we gather to develop children and create opportunities where they can go to many places.
“Chess will definitely help them with the none-verbal IQ subjects like mathematics, science and accounting.
“We are really impressed with the organisation and their whole initiative.
“We want to see Tembisa playing chess,” said du Pisanie.
Mabela said they realised that in Tembisa there are no chess-related events, so they decided to come up with a schools chess tournament.
“I believe the tournament went well despite the disappointment from schools that did not honour the invitation we extended to them.
“Some of the teachers are reluctant to incorporate chess in developing their learners,” said Mabela.
Tebogo Hlahla from Ngqayizivele Secondary School conquered and took the first position.
Tshepiso Modutwane from Allanridge Secondary School was named the first best-performing female for the tournament.
“I am proud of myself, from hereon I am going to get more tips and have new coaches,” said Modutwane.
She said taking part in chess has contributed positively towards good performance in her studies.
Hlahla said he did not find the tournament very challenging, because he is used to playing against players who are more professional in the game.
“I am planning to be part of other tournaments to be staged in Tembisa.
“I plan to reach grand master status in the game.
“That needs hard work and training.
“I practise with my schoolmates, I read different books on chess and I watch a lot of videos,” said the determined Hlahla.
The tournament was sponsored by Soulstice Consulting and Bostik South Africa.