Selections of players to national teams are often met with criticism from fans who question the exclusion of some players. To avoid this Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) has come up with a new way of choosing players to represent the country – they have launched national team qualifiers.
A total of 43 male players and 30 female players have been selected to battle it out for places in the national team. The selection of these players was based on rating and player activity. The selection for the national team will be held in three stages with the first one starting this weekend at North Side School in Extension 9, Gaborone. The second stage will be held in March and the final one in April 2016.
BCF spokesperson, Keenese Katisenge, said this kind of selection adopted an open, transparent and objective approach, giving all deserving players an opportunity to contest for a position in the national team. Katisenge said players will go through a series of tournaments that will see low performing players dropped.
Usually chess national teams are made up of five players being four main players and one reserve for both male and female teams. “As a result the final five players from the 2016 national team series of tournaments on both male and female sections will make the national teams,” said Katisenge. She said the team that will be assembled will represent Botswana at the coming 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.
However, the BCF executive reserves the right to remove any player whose conduct has a potential of bringing the game into disrepute. Katisenge said anyone whose behaviour is not in line with the rules of the game will be dropped and replaced.