World Youth Chess Championships Gets Underway In Durban

Last update: 30/09/2014

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, Sept 30 (BERNAMA-NNN-SABC) -- Chess players from 90 countries across the world are competing in the World Youth Chess Championship under way in Durban.

The competition has drawn about 2,000 of the world's best young chess players in four age categories.

Tournament organisers say this is the first chess competition to be held on African soil.

President of Chess South Africa, Aldrin Smart, said here Monday that the championship placed the African continent on the map in terms of chess and that South Africa was now a beacon for chess.

"Chess is very big, the problem is that we don't get coverage as other sports like cricket or rugby but I think chess is one of the biggest sports," he said.