Gabatshwarwe Clinches Africa Youth Championship Bronze

Refilwe Gabatshwane won a bronze medal at the Africa Chess Champions
Refilwe Gabatshwane won a bronze medal at the Africa Chess Champions

PALAPYE: The local Chess phenomenon, 14-year-old Refilwe Gabatshwarwe left a mark at the just-concluded Africa Chess Championships in Ghana where she clinched the bronze medal after finishing third.

When the competition took off last week, the Botswana national team player was ranked fifth in the competition. In the eight rounds played at the African Under-20 showpiece, Gabatshwarwe secured seven wins, drew once and lost once to finish with seven and a half points out of nine.

She succumbed to the 16-year-old Angolan Pires Luzia who entered the competition ranked first and ultimately won the showpiece. Luzia was rated 1934 to Gabatshwarwe’s 1615 when the competition started.

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