Khetho, Francis win Metropolitan chess finals

Khetho
Khetho

Phemelo Khetho posted a flawless performance to win the open section of the 2014 edition of the Metropolitan National Chess Finals and pocket the P8,000 top prize money. The player won his fifth title in the eight-year-old competition with an unbeaten record.

The quality in the competition is exemplified by the fact that the runner-up, Barileng Gaealafswe only lost to the eventual champion whild third placed, Thato Oleebile’s only setback was against the two top men. The pattern repeated itself in position four where the defending champion, Ignatius Njobvu only lost to the top three.The high scoring sequence continued in the women’s category where Onkemetse Francis lost only one game en-route to being crowned champion with seven out of nine points.  She was tied on points with undefeated former champion, Boikhutso Mudongo who finished second because she drew four times. Tshepiso Lopang was a close third with 6.5 points after losing one game and drawing three.    Onkemetse’s win means that the Metropolitan National Championships trophy returned to her family for the second time after her sister Thapelo Francis lifted the crown in 2011 while still a student at Mogoditshane  Senior Secondary School.

 Meanwhile, in his acceptance speech, Khetho complained that over 75 percent of the sponsorship money went into logistics. He was not happy that the cash for top prize only doubled after the first year of inception eight years ago when the sponsorship was P80,000.

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