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Mosutha reflects after heroic feat

CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
Champion: Mosutha won his first Metropolitan title last PIC: KEN BOIKHUTSHWANE
New Metropolitan National Championships winner, Candidate Master (CM), Thuso Mosutha is enjoying his life on the checkered board, after bagging a sought after local title. The dreadlocked chess player chats with Mmegi Sport Staff Writer, CALISTUS KOLANTSHO after his win

Mmegi: What do you think led to your success?

Mosutha: Well, I think continuous training that I have had over the years has finally paid off.

Mmegi: When and how did you start playing chess?

Mosutha: I started playing chess in 2008 when I was doing Form One at Goldmine Junior Secondary School in Francistown. That was because I spent most of my time with friends who were playing it.

Mmegi: Which is your favourite piece on the chessboard and why?

Mosutha: I would not say I have a favourite piece, I just love seeing all pieces coordinating on the board but let us go with the knight as my favourite.

Mmegi: Which of the two moves do you prefer, e4 or d4 and why?

Mosutha: None of the two. Lately I play the uncompromising English opening, which is c4.

Mmegi: How would you best describe your chess style?

Mosutha: I used to be an aggressive player but slowly I have matured to be a universal player. I can play all positions whether positional or tactical but I prefer tactical games still.

Mmegi: What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

Mosutha: Well, I won the Africa Amateur Championships in 2015 qualifying for the World Amateur Championships, which I played in

2016. That was the greatest performance placing me amongst players with great potential. I also made it to the national team that year, and went on to play at the FIDE Olympiad with the senior team.

Mmegi: How has chess impacted your life?

Mosutha: I have seen many countries including out of Africa and so I would say yes I have loved the experiences. But it has been a difficult journey since I am only doing chess.

Mmegi: How much time do you spend working on chess everyday: Do you have a regular programme?

Mosutha: I believe that for someone to be a well-rounded strong player, they must have a daily routine so I always try to spend at least three hours a day playing chess but I would like to increase it to eight hours.

Mmegi: What do you regard as your three best achievements?

Mosutha: When I was crowned national champion (recent achievement), then Africa Amateur Champion in 2015, and Lesotho Open Champion in 2018.

Mmegi: Who is your favourite chess player?

Mosutha: My favourite player in the country is

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Puso Mabetu.

He likes making funny faces during games and it makes him the funniest and it is enjoyable to watch him play.

Mmegi: It has been said that a chess player’s personality is mirrored or reflected by his or her chess style. What are your thoughts on this?

Mosutha: Well, sometimes it is true but as for me, I am a calm person. But I’m brutal on the board so I think it is up for debate. It is not entirely true but it is to some extent.

Mmegi: What do you think is the right age to start playing chess?

Mosutha: I think the best age is five years and I am a trainer too.

Mmegi: Why would you encourage anyone to take up chess?

Mosutha: Well, chess teaches traits that may help an individual make well thought decisions.

Mmegi: How would you like to be remembered as a player?

Mosutha: I would not know about that but I know they would remember me as the fastest calculating player and the most lethal blitz player in the country.

Mmegi: What do you think it will take for Africa to have a world chess champion?

Mosutha: All we need is a change in the minds of those in power. They should start envisioning players making a living out of chess then we would be in the right direction to produce world champions.

Mmegi: What is your typical day like?

Mosutha: I have simple days with chess classes for about three hours in a day and back home to play chess online and train too. I am also a good cook.

Mmegi: What would you change about yourself?

Mosutha: Absolutely nothing I think I love the way I am.

Mmegi: Are you married?

Mosutha: Not yet.

Mmegi: What makes you happy?

Mosutha: As of now I enjoy seeing my opponents suffering because of me. That makes me happy.

Mmegi: Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

Mosutha: My mother.  She prays for me all the time.

Mmegi: What is the most important thing that has ever happened to you in your career?

Mosutha: Winning the Africa Amateur was the most important thing that happened to me because it has been a big influence in making the decision to be a full time chess player.

Mmegi: What is your favourite place to eat?

Mosutha: Edlas.



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