Below is a very brief interview conducted with Rodwell Makoto, winner of the Blou Bul Chess open in Centurion a few weeks ago.
1.Q – When did you start playing chess
A – When I was 9 years old in Mabvuku high density suburb. No one taught me how to play chess I just learned from watching people playing the moves. ( The great Capablanca is said to have learnt to play chess the same way, watching his father play.)
2. Q – How did you manage to survive the conditions in this tournament (Blou Bul). It was very hot during the tournament and most players struggled in the conditions.
A – I’m used to playing in those kind of conditions . You must learn to play chess in harsh conditions so that it will be as easy when those kind of conditions are there
3. Q- Would you recommend anyone to take up chess and why?
A – yes its a goood sport because it enhance your creativity; improve your power of concentration; focus; develop and expand critical thinking skills; boost memory and retention; and achieve superior academic results. Additionally chess has been shown to augment problem-solving capabilities; advance intellectual maturity and enhance self-esteem but there is no big money compared to football and other big sports.
4. Q – What are your goals in chess?
A – To become a a grandmaster but age is not my side but if i come an international master i will be happy. (Rodwell Makoto is 23 years old. By way of comparison the world number 1 chess player at the moment, Magnus Carlsen is 19 years old).
5. Q – How much time do you spend playing chess every day?
A- Usually 6-8 hours every day.
Thank you very much for your time Rodwell. Much appreciated. All the very best in your future tournaments.