CBZ Holdings Pledges Ongoing Support for Zimbabwe Chess Federation

CBZ Holdings reaffirms commitment to Zimbabwe Chess Federation, hosting successful national championships. Partnership aims to impact education, health, and vulnerable communities through CBZ Foundation.

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CBZ Holdings Pledges Ongoing Support for Zimbabwe Chess Federation

CBZ Holdings Pledges Ongoing Support for Zimbabwe Chess Federation

CBZ Holdings, a leading financial services institution in Zimbabwe, has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) following the successful hosting of the second edition of the CBZ National Chess Championships in Harare. The seven-day tournament, which concluded on April 14, 2024, saw Emerald Mushore and Christine Makwena emerge victorious in the Open and Women's categories, respectively.

Manatsa Gaka, CBZ's head of marketing, expressed the company's long-term dedication to supporting chess, stating that the sport aligns with their values of strategic planning and calculated risk. "We are committed to supporting chess in Zimbabwe, as it embodies the principles of strategic thinking and decision-making that we value at CBZ," Gaka said.

The partnership between CBZ and ZCF has proven mutually beneficial, with CBZ aiming to impact education, health, and vulnerable communities through the CBZ Foundation. Despite initial uncertainties, the collaboration has flourished, prompting CBZ to increase its investment in the sport.

Todd Mapingire, the ZCF secretary-general, expressed appreciation for CBZ's support during challenging times. "We are thrilled to have navigated these turbulent times with the unwavering support of our sponsor, CBZ. Their commitment to chess has been instrumental in the growth and development of the sport in Zimbabwe," Mapingire said.

Why this matters: CBZ Holdings' continued support for the Zimbabwe Chess Federation highlights the importance of corporate partnerships in promoting and developing sports in Zimbabwe. The success of the CBZ National Chess Championships demonstrates the positive impact such collaborations can have on nurturing talent and providing opportunities for players to excel.

The CBZ National Chess Championships 2024 featured 12 participants in the men's section and 10 players in the ladies' section, showcasing the depth of talent in Zimbabwean chess. The tournament, held at Joina City in Harare, saw intense competition among the country's top players.

As CBZ Holdings continues to support the Zimbabwe Chess Federation, the future of chess in the country looks promising. With increased investment and a strong partnership between the two organizations, Zimbabwean chess players can look forward to more opportunities to showcase their skills and compete at the highest levels.

Key Takeaways

  • CBZ Holdings reaffirmed support for Zimbabwe Chess Federation after hosting national championships.
  • Emerald Mushore and Christine Makwena won the Open and Women's categories, respectively.
  • CBZ's partnership with ZCF aims to impact education, health, and vulnerable communities.
  • The 2024 championships featured 12 men and 10 women, showcasing Zimbabwean chess talent.
  • Continued CBZ support promises more opportunities for Zimbabwean chess players to excel.