IT was with glee that I read about the chess tournament in our city, the game that pitted the two global powers and purveyors of the Cold War in its perhaps greatest exponents, Kasparov v Fischer. Chess was used subtly and sublimely as the exercising of the sinew of the brain.
The communists capitulated, as we all know, but the grand masters are now everywhere in the world.
Learning about this tournament reminded one that in our own backyard we only learnt of another prestigious event after the pump keeping the pool clean failed, and Olympians and former greats of the aquatic activities were here, only for Port Elizabeth’s image to take a knock.
Ironman of course has set the bench mark, and makes us proud and others rich.
There is really a need to make all aware of these events so that we own them and also aid in marketing to build our city. Hopefully the economic planning council conceived by acting executive director Anele Qaba will arrest this.
Pat Kondile, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth