The young and brilliant Amahle Zenzile, 11, is making South Africa proud with her tremendous accomplishments as a professional chess player. After only two years of playing for Crossroads Chess Club, Amahle has become one of the top players in the country in her age group.
Amahle has an impressively high rating and has won almost all of the tournaments she has participated in. She is currently the third best player in her division for the Western Cape.
Chess has had a wonderful influence on Amahle’s life and she has even formed close bonds with fellow players. Another young player, Trinity Van Beeck, says Amahle has become a good friend.
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“She is an amazing player and a wonderful person. I once played against her and I thought it would be an easy win, but she outplayed me and I learned a valuable lesson: never to underestimate your opponent!” says Trinity
After qualifying for the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAAJCC), the only thing standing in Amahle’s path to greatness is the costs of travelling to the competition, which is to be held in Johannesburg, Briefly.co.za discovered.
Wanting to help her friend even though she herself did not qualify, Trinity started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help Amahle take a shot at achieving her goals.
“I know how much time she spends in training every single day, she works harder than any other chess player I know and she deserves to represent our country. There are so few girls who play chess, it is a sport dominated by the boys and so when a girl like Amahle comes along, we should all support her!” says Trinity.
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