My name is Bruce Tendai Mubayiwa and I am a business coach and strategist, chess promoter and chess player. I have a keen interest in the application of chess principles to life and business. I’ve been involved with the game of chess for over 25 years as a player, administrator, writer, promoter and strategist. My business background is in accounting and auditing.
I’m the creator of the AfricaChess.net, AfricaChessMedia.com and SAChessOnline.com websites and co-founder of Africa Chess Pty Ltd. Together with other chess enthusiasts I’m involved in a massive pan African project to get more people playing chess online. So far we have connected hundreds of chess players. I’ve personally run and organised over 500 online chess tournaments over the past year featuring many players from across the continent and sponsored several online chess events.
While there’s no substitute for Over-The-Board chess, online chess opens up the game for so many people. The reality is that a great many people cannot take part in realrchess tournaments for one reason or another. The possibilities in online chess fascinate me greatly. Children who can’t afford to travel to distant chess tournaments can play online at a fraction of the cost.
I’m a former Operations Manager of Millionaire Chess. The Millionaire Chess Open was at that stage the richest open tournament in chess. I helped to organise and attended the 2016 Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City working alongside the co- founders Amy Lee and chess legend Maurice Ashley, one of the greatest promoters in the history of the game. That tournament featured some of the strongest chess players in the World.
Based in South Africa I was involved in running the richest online chess tournament in the country hosted on the lichess platform. I’m the founder of the SA Online Chess social media group which has run several events over the past few months.
As a chess player I am the current World Open Under 1800 Champion and a former National Junior Chess Champion who has won several tournaments over the years. In the World Open event in Philadelphia, 2017 I went through the entire event without losing a single game.
One of the highlights of my involvement in chess was being a volunteer at the 2016 World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and challenger to the throne Sergey Karjakin. I got to meet and accompany the chess players to the games. It was an experience I will never forget.
I’m a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certified Control Self Assessor (CCSA), a former Managing Partner of Homecoming Revolution. My interviews have been featured on Good Morning Africa.