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Batzofin retains Wargames title in Swaziland
- Updated: June 25, 2015
St John’s College pupil, Jason Batzofin, has retained his Ancient Wargames period title after a tough fight at the IWF’s 18th World Individual Championships at the Lugogo Sun, Swaziland.
Wargames is a game much like three-dimensional chess wherein players use representations of historical armies to determine which player has the greater tactical abilities. Older players who did officer training would remember the game as a ‘TEWT’ (Tactical Exercise Without Troops) and such training has been used by the military since 1820.
Living in Observatory, Johannesburg, Jason ended the 2014 wargaming year well in December by winning the South African National Championships held at Tuks University. However, his results have been erratic in the wargames discipline since January 2015, although he still won the Gauteng Schools Championships and the Johannesburg Regional Championships.
He also finished in tied second place at the 2015 MWEB Mpumulanga Provincial Championships.
After what Jason considered to be an unsatisfactory Mpumulanga Championships, Jason re-looked at his strategies and army choice.
Thus Jason went into the 2015 World Championships held at the Lugogo Sun, Swaziland, a leaner, meaner fighting machine. The effort that he put in paid dividends as he captured the title of Junior World Champion, which he has now won for two consecutive years.
Although Jason is convinced that he can win the title again in 2016, he now has his eyes set on the senior title.