Zimbabwe receives top appointments in International Chess Federation commissions | So Good News



Brandon Moyo, sports reporter

ZIMBABWE Chess has received top appointments to the International Chess Federation (FIDE) commissions, with three officials inducted into the sport’s parent body for the period 2023-26.

The three Zimbabwean appointees are Eric Takawira, Fungiraiini Mushaninga and Tapiwa Gora, who serve in different divisions of the world chess governing body.

Tapiwa Gora

Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) coaches committee interim chairman, FIDE coach and international organizer Takavira has been appointed as an adviser to the governing body’s Public Chess Commission.

The Social Commission is a division of FIDE dedicated to using chess as a tool for social development. Zimbabwe is one of the leading pioneers of social development initiatives, with the success of the Behind the Wall chess tournament and being the only African representative to participate in the Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners. Takavira is one of four councilors on the commission and works with a 21-member team.

“It is an honor to serve and also an opportunity to represent the country well on the world stage. This means Zimbabwean chess is being recognized and in turn the experience gained will be vital to the continued growth of chess,” Takavira said of his new appointment.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation Women’s Chess Director Mushaninga, the only woman from Zimbabwe, has been appointed as a “member” of the FIDE Technical Commission. Mushaninga was part of the telecommunications team at the 2022 World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India and is also a FIDE arbiter.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be elected to the FIDE Technical Commission, and I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity. As a technical person as well as a chess player, I am really looking forward to this opportunity to bring positive change to the chess community and keep Zimbabwe’s flag flying high,” said Mushaninga.

The third appointee, Gora, who is a ZCF executive member, director of technical and national teams, serves as a “member” of FIDE’s Disability Commission.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to share, listen and learn from people from different countries and experiences. This appointment represents the number of minorities in the sport, hope will increase and their talent will grow to their full potential and above all they will have a voice not only in Zimbabwe but beyond,” Gora said.

ZCF Acting President Muchakanakirwa Mkanganwi was delighted with the appointment and congratulated the trio.

“This is an honor for our country! The experience they will gain there will undoubtedly help us develop our commissions globally. This is a massive development,” Mkanganwi said in a statement.

The Zimbabwean trio serve on 15 FIDE commissions, among other elected officials.

– @brandon_malvin


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