BA Media, Communication & Culture student, Charlize van Zyl, has been
chosen to compete in the World Chess Olympiad in Russia in August.
is a beneficiary of a Services SETA bursary which has allowed her to study at
the Nelson Mandela
University, whilst pursing her passion a world class chess player. We hope her
drive and determination inspires other young people.
was selected for the South African team after her outstanding performance in
the national women’s Closed Championship last December where she placed joint
third from 12 of the country’s strongest female players.
Olympiad team has always been her goal and she worked extremely hard to get to
this highly prestigious tournament. She made the team for the first time in
2018 when the tournament was held in Georgia.
taught how to play chess by her father at the age of seven and it then became
her passion. She began playing competitively at age eight and has taken part in
many tournaments nationally and internationally since then.
At the age
of 13, she won the Woman International Master title - the youngest South
African ever to do so.
playing, she is also an accredited chess coach, coaching at schools as well as
tournament takes place every two years and the 44th instalment will be held in Moscow
from 5 to 18 August.
Services SETA wishes her well and we hope she represents the country well and brings
the winning trophy home.
Madibaz chess player Charlize van Zyl
has been chosen to represent South Africa at the World Olympiad in Moscow,
Russia, in August. Photo: Anathi Dzanibe