Fulfilling a lifelong dream, a Port Elizabeth teenager will represent South Africa at the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, today.
The competition takes place every two years and is the biggest chess tournament in the world, with 154 countries competing.
Chess aficionada Jesse February, 19, who holds a women’s international master title, could not contain her excitement about playing her first move today.
“I am excited but quite scared because I do not know what to expect.” It is her first time in the tournament. “I know the competition will be tough but it is also going to be so much fun. I know the experience will be worthwhile,” she said.
The NMMU accounting student was invited to attend the event in the Caspian Sea state after placing third at the South African closed chess championship, but was later awarded second place. She is expecting tough competition.
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