- A young boy has broken records with his impressive chess playing skills
- The seven-year-old has won 43 games consecutively
- His proud father said that the wins motivate the boy to train even harder
A Grade R pupil has made Mzansi proud after winning his 12th title of the year in a chess competition. The seven-year-old from Gauteng has broken a long-standing record of winning 33 consecutive tournaments.
Mpho Bowers from is undefeated in 43 games. The little genius recently bagged the Etienne Lewis Tshwane closed tournament at Leriba Hotel in Centurion.
He is currently the youngest member of the national junior team and the highest ranked under-8 participant. He is set to represent the country at the African Youth Chess Championships in Namibia soon.
His father, Justin, taught him to play basic chess moves at the age of three. He started entering competitions at age five. The boy says that he loves the game because it helps his brain think.
His father added that winning competitions keeps the young man motivated to continue practising to be better. Mpho trains at the GoForChess Academy in Bryanston under the former SA champion, Clyde Wolpe.
His school has been supportive and gives him time off to prepare for competitions. His father added that his school work has not been affected.
The little boy's mother passed away when he was only three years old. Chess became his outlet to deal with the grief
While Mpho wants to continue playing chess when he is older, he also aspires to be a pilot.
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