FABI MSc student Thapelo Maboko showed that he is not just and aspiring scientist but also a skilled chess player. He was a member of the TuksChess team that won the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Chess Championship 2017 held in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand from 3-7 July. FABI PhD student Godfrey Kgatle is the Chairperson of TuksChess and officiated as the team manager for the event, organising the selection and registration of the team, sourcing sponsorship and managing all logistics for their participation in the tournament. Over the years, FABI has also provided support for the TuksChess team.

The USSA Chess tournament was attended by 198 men and a 99 ladies from 23 institutions from across South Africa with the TuksChess team comprising 10 men and six  women. This is an individual tournament with each person playing nine games. At the termination of the tournament, players from the same Institution’s points are added up. The women won their section while the men’s team was placed third overall.

Godfrey also points out that a chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories during an intense chess game. This provids a firm reason why chess is classified as a sport!

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Human ZR, Crous CJ, Roets F, Venter SN, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW. (2017) Biodiversity and ecology of flower-associated actinomycetes in different flowering stages of Protea repens. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-017-0942-3
Wingfield BD. (2017) The peer review system has flaws. But it’s still a barrier to bad science. The Conversation http://bit.ly/2holsgS
McTaggart AR, Beasley DR, Wingfield MJ, Wood AR, Pretorius ZA, Drenth A, Shivas RG, Roux J. (2017) A dynamic, web-based resource to identify rust fungi (Pucciniales) in southern Africa. MycoKeys 26:77-83. 10.3897/mycokeys.26.14602
De Maayer P, Aliyu H, Vikram S, Blom J, Duffy B, Cowan DA, Smits THM, Venter SN, Coutinho TA. (2017) Phylogenomic, pan-genomic, pathogenomic and evolutionary genomic insights into the agronomically relevant enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis and Pantoea stewartii. Frontiers in Microbiology 8(1755) 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01755
Jami F, Wingfield MJ, Gryzenhout M, Slippers B. (2017) Diversity of tree-infecting Botryosphaeriales on native and non-native trees in South Africa and Namibia. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-017-0516-x