Fun and games for chess kids at Kasparov festival

More than 100 youngsters from the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess  programme had their chance to rub shoulders with chess greats at the prestigious Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) Africa’s Chess Millionaires Festival at Montecasino recently, when the precinct hosted them in their own Development Tournament.

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Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess  focuses on using chess to improve maths and science results as well as to stimulate strategic thinking, and is among the government’s top 16 priority sporting codes for inclusion at school level. The  partnership between Tsogo Sun and Moves For Life began in  in  2013 and   reaches more  than  22 000  learners, over 500 teachers in 57 schools around the country.

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The Development Tournament at Montecasino took place on the last day of the Chess Millionaires Festival and included a blitz tournament, as well as a series of fun chess-related activities and puzzles for the young chess fans. “It has been inspiring to witness the enthusiasm with which our Moves for Life youngsters have embraced chess – and many are excelling to world-class level,” says Shanda Paine, Group CSI Manager for Tsogo Sun. Glenn Joseph, General Manager of Montecasino, agrees, “The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life programme is based on the philosophy of learning through play and this tournament was a wonderful opportunity for us to add to a fun component to the educational value the children receive through the programme.”


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The flagship property of gaming, hotel and leisure giant Tsogo Sun, Montecasino – South Africa’s premier entertainment destination – is ideally located in the heart of Fourways in Johannesburg. An award-winning ‘world at play’ where local and international pleasure-seekers and business travellers will find every possible entertainment and hospitality option, Montecasino boasts a broad range of unique and versatile, five-star corporate hospitality, conferencing and events venues and facilities, various entertainment options for all ages, a glittering casino, numerous retail shopping experiences, three distinctly different luxury Tsogo Sun hotels – including the palatial Palazzo, the fun and trendy SunSquare at Montecasino and the contemporary Venetian-style Southern Sun Montecasino – three theatres, including the award-winning Teatro at Montecasino, an outdoor Piazza and entertainment area, a wide variety of stylish restaurants, bars and supper clubs, numerous children’s entertainment options and luxury office park, all perfectly packaged to offer the very best in sophisticated entertainment options that deliver a unique and memorable experience.


Visitors to Montecasino are immediately captivated by the Tuscan theming and lively buzz that is so much a part of the experience across all four corners of this all-encompassing leisure precinct – an atmosphere that keeps them returning again and again. Add to this the ample parking and convenient location just off the main commuter routes – a few hundred metres from the off-ramps of major highways from Pretoria, the East Rand, the West Rand, O.R. Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport –  it is clear to see why Montecasino attracts in excess of 9.3 million visitors annually.


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