Chess Association Embarks On Grassroot Talent Hunt
In a bid to promote the game of Chess, the Rivers State Chess Association (RSCA) has embarked on end of term school chess competition.
Coach Amieyeofori Benebo who dropped the hint in a chat with The Vortex sports correspondent in Port Harcourt said the Association in collaboration with the chess section of Port Harcourt Club carried out the grassroot talent hunt in order to raise players that will represent the state in the forthcoming National Youth Sports Festival billed for September this year in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Coach Benebo disclosed that nine schools comprising boys and girls participated in the first phase of the competition which was held in April this year at Port Harcourt Club.
According to him, some of the schools that took part in the chess talent hunt competition include Bishop Crowther Memorial College, Federal Government College, Stella Maris College, International Secondary School (UST) among others.
The Coach expressed confidence in the players as their performance so far has been encouraging, adding that the coaches have since resumed weekly training with them in their various schools.
He disclosed that the second phase of the exercise will begin in June this year and thanked the President of Port Harcourt Club, King Diamond Tobin-West for his support during the tournament and for providing the venue, chess tables, chairs and clean environment.
Benebo also commended the Association Chairman, Barr. Victor Frank-Briggs for all his financial support and provision of refreshment and prizes for the players during the tournament to encourage them.