by Tendai Sahondo
Kudzaishe Chindiya is proud to wear the green Zim team Chess tie that complements his equally elegant St Ignatius Uniform. On a good day, he dangles his Silver medal, setting him apart as a true Chess prodigy in his own right.
Kudzi won the medal at a recent Easter Invitational Tournament that automatically earned him a spot on the team. He is now preparing to conquer the continent at the coveted African Youth Chess Championship set for Lusaka early next month. If he performs well in Zambian, we would have earned a ticket to the big time and will compete at the global stage.
However, who is this young prodigy and how did he get to be so good. Kudzi says he is a self taught Chess player.
“I have been playing Chess since I was grade 2, everyday after school I would go to my father’s office to wait for him. Meanwhile, I entertain myself on his old computer which only had one game which was Chess. Initially, I just played it without much understanding then I begun learn how the pieces move. “I later transferred to a Hartley 1 Primary School where I joined the chess club and was rated the worst in the group. Owing to my passion, I picked up a chess book that the school provided, sharpened my skills and was the Chess captain within 3 months. I have never looked back since,” he says.
St Ignatius College continues to nurture Kudzi’s talent while providing an environment where he can equally excel in his academic pursuits. We wish Kudzi all the best at the upcoming African tournament
Go Ignitian Go!

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