The under-15 Jeppe chess team were awarded the trophy and certificate that they won last year for being the best secondary school in the D9 district, at a prize-giving ceremony last week.
At the same ceremony, Awie Potgieter received a trophy and certificate for being the third best overall chess player in the district, and the best under-15.
The chess competition, Awie explained, takes place over several weeks with each school team playing seven rounds of matches before progressing to the inter-district and provincial stages.
Awie, who was the team’s number 1 board won all his under -15 games. He has now progressed into the 1st team and they are currently busy with the Johannesburg Central League competition. He has won all his matches so far.
“I love chess,” he told us. “We play every break at school and going to the competitions with my friends is a lot of fun. I don’t play chess at home, however – there’s no time for that.”
That’s because Awie is a talented all-rounder, and a very busy boy. He was the number one academic in grade 8 in 2019 and is currently playing cricket for the under-15A team.
He hails from Alberton and chose to come to Jeppe because he felt there would be more for him to do here than at his local school. “I’m not sorry,” he said. It’s hectic, but I’m loving it.”