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Port Elizabeth, 23 July 2013 – With the success of the recent 2013 Commonwealth and SA Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to help make a documentary about the game of Chess. Ramon Thomas, better known as an online safety expert in the media, recently launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.

Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations, according to Wikipedia. The primary focus of the documentary is to film the 10th annual Uitenhage Chess Festival taking place 2 to 3 August 2013.

“This is my first documentary after completing a Video Production course at The Media Workshop in Port Elizabeth,” says Thomas. “The purpose of this project is to support the local community to re-launch the last two chess clubs that closed down and celebrate the winners from the last 10 years.”

President Jacob Zuma, a patron of Moves for Life and an advocate of the importance of chess in education, said that chess had given solace to him and to many other former political prisoners on Robben Island, where he first learned to play the game.

The Uitenhage Chess Festival has been a rated tournament by ChessSA since 2008,” according to Elizabeth Muller, retired librarian, and co-founder of the tournament with Ria Diedericks in 2004. “This documentary film can stimulate the minds and hearts of children who are our primary target for the chess clubs and tournaments.”

Mrs Muller & Diedericks launched the tournament in 2004 and celebrate 10 years this year. It has a cash prize of R1,000 for the winner and many other prizes for senior players and school children. The event takes place at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports centre and starts on Friday, 2 August at 4pm with the closing and prize giving on Saturday, 3 August at 7pm.

Interested chess players may still register for this tournament on this Google form or call Elizabeth Muller on 073 353 5024. The public is invited to come, watch, learn and support.

Uitenhage Chess Festival

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Ramon Thomas Tel. 041 9921215

Elizabeth Muller Tel. 041 9883359