Any reflection on the 1990s must be preceded by setting the scene from the 1980s. The 1980s was a tough one in South Africa and was characterised by strife in all communities around South Africa. I started playing chess in September 1986 with my first official game being played in 1987.
Cape Town Chess Club is celebrating its 132nd year of existence. I was the key note speaker at the welcome dinner on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Here is my speech.
It gives us great pleasure to invite ALL CHESS ENTHUSIASTS to the Leonard Reitstein Lecture on SA Chess History this coming Thursday the 23rd of March at 20h00. The venue is the Western Cape Bridge Centre in Green Point, Cape Town (access via Helen Suzman Boulevard or Sea Point Main Road). Please note that everyone […]
Link to blog with results and photos: https://chessstellenbosch.wordpress.com/blog/ I guess all great things start with a (crazy) idea. So, when Chrystal Samuel from PRG mentioned that PRG wants to host an Open chess tournament, the Stellenbosch Chess Club immediately agreed to assist. Maybe it was a case of fools rush in where angels fear to tread, […]
The Cape Town Heritage Elite section started on Monday 20 March at Ellerton school in Sea Point. The field was a star studded one with former champions of South Africa, Olympians and current champions all participating. Tournament Brochure:
In September 2016 I travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan as captain of the SA Olympiad team that participated in the Olympiad. Upon our arrival I was again mesmerised by the body of water that we played next to each day. The Crystal Hall as the venue is called could comfortably seat up to 25 000 persons […]
On Thursday 8 December 2016, I attended the annual Cape Winelands Sport Awards held in Worcester at the Cumberland hotel in my capacity as Chief Director of Sport and Recreation in the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. I was accompanied by my good friend Mr. Deon Pick who lives in Worcester and […]
This last weekend was an exciting one for chess in the Western Cape. Events at school levels were held across the Peninsula and the Western Cape. The event took place at Sarepta Secondary school from 10 to 11 March 2017. The total registrations were 352 of which 242 were boys and girls 110 which is […]
In my capacity as Chief Director of Sport and Recreation in the Western Cape Province I attend many sport award functions across South Africa. The first one I attended this year was the Eastern Cape Sport Awards in Nelson Mandela Bay. I was accompanied by Chessa Vice President, Mr. Winston Dalpat and Mrs. Marsha Rensburg […]
After many years of not participating I mustered up the courage to play in the WP Open this past weekend. The chess scene has certainly changed from my days of being a four time WP Closed Champion and also a two time WP Open champion! In round one when I went to get a clock […]