Amahle Zenzile, who hails from Crossroads, one of Cape Town’s largest townships, has been grabbing headlines after it was revealed that the 11-year-old chess-whizz has been invited to represent South Africa at the African Youth Chess Tournament that will be held in Namibia from 14th to 22nd December 2019.

This invitation has come shortly after Zenzile received her South African colours for chess. Her rapid rise has come through endless amounts of hard work and determination over the past two years where she began playing at the Crossroads Chess Club in her community.

In her age group at the time, she maintained an impressive rating of 1284 in the Western Province Metro area and won almost every tournament that she participated in. One of her highlights in her young career was her participation at the SAJCC Closed competition in March this year where she was pitted against the top 30 Under-12 girls from across the country.

Her progress within a short space of time has blown the lid off the pot as she won the Western Cape Schools Chess Under-11 Girls division, the South African Schools Chess Under-13 Girls tournament, and now getting the opportunity to show off her talents in neighbouring Namibia.

Funding Needed to Assist Zenzile to Travel to Namibia

Zenzile’s fellow competitor, Trinity van Beeck has set up a BackaBuddy page in the hopes of raising funds to assist the youngster for the upcoming tournament. It has been revealed that Zenzile needs R40 000 for the duration of her stay in Namibia. The page is titled, “Get Amahle to African Youth Chess Tournament.”

Previously, van Beeck had gone the same route to help Zenzile raise funds for her tournament in Johannesburg where she earned a fifth-place position at the SA Junior Chess Closed Championships.

van Beeck has also made huge strides in her young career as the 12-year-old has qualified for the South African Junior Closed Chess Championships in 2020, setting a bright future for chess in SA.


Photo 1 Caption: Amahle Zenzile hails from Crossroads, Cape Town recently received her South African chess colours and been invited to represent the country at the African Youth Chess Tournament in Namibia in December. Photo: BackaBuddy/Flashlight Pictures