AGM: President’s Newsletter

To all our members,

RE: PRESIDENT’S NEWSLETTER

Chess Western Province (CWP) has built on our successful 2012, and we can be proud of our achievements in 2013.

Some highlights from 2013 include:

  • Hosting numerous local events including our flagship WP League which comprised 54 club teams.
  • Continued growth in player numbers at all tournaments.
  • Numerous outstanding performances on the board have reaffirmed our region as clearly the strongest in the country e.g. National Club Championship, SA Junior Closed, African Youth Championships, etc.
  • Hosting a grandmaster event in the form of the DSK GM Norm event.
  • The MRL Chess Paradigm tournament.

I draw special attention to two particularly outstanding achievements during this year:

  • The numerous successes achieved by Steinitz Chess Club at regional, provincial, national and even continental level.
  • IM Watu Kobese who has been an active participant and winner at so many of our local tournaments.

There was a lot of hard work that contributed to these successes, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our unpaid volunteers who sacrificed many hours of their time on our CWP Exco, our CWP Youth Commission and assisting at tournaments.

I would also like to express our gratitude to our partners in growth such as the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the City of Cape Town and Leisure Hotels without whom we could not have achieved this level of success. Minister Dr Ivan Meyer deserves particular mention for his continual enthusiastic support of the Chess Revolution. A special thank you to the Zidek family and Atlantic Gold, and also the DSK School, for making the DSK Chess Festival such a success.

Although we now find ourselves in a very sound financial position, we still face many challenges as regards funding given that there are so many deserving chess causes and finite funds Growth also brings many challenges that we continue to grapple with in 2013 e.g. many of our traditional venues are not big enough to host tournaments.

Development initiatives remain key, and our Development Officer Reuben Salimu has a huge challenge to better support and boost chess activities in development areas such as Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain amongst others.

The CWP Events Committee (ably chaired by our Match & League Secretary Ricardo Minnaar) has done an excellent job as regards organizing our various tournaments during 2013. I wish to thank Ricardo’s entire team of supporters for a job very well done.

A special thank you to Abdul Barday who recently stepped down as our Ratings & Registrations Officer owing to other commitments. Abdul has been the driving force behind the significant growth of many of our tournaments, and we thank him for his hard work and immense contribution towards our successes.

I am also very proud of our strategy to encourage clubs and other institutions to each host at least one event each year. Thank you to Steinitz, Manyanani, MRL, Claremont, ACL and Grassy Park clubs and also Curro and DSK Schools for enthusiastically supporting this strategy. It is a strategy we wish to build on in 2014.

A recurring theme is that there is so much chess development that we would like to undertake, but we have limited resources in terms of our hard working volunteers. It would be much appreciated if any of our members or members’ parents are prepared to volunteer a few hours each month to assist the growth of chess in Cape Town by working on our Commissions, Technical Committees or tournament organizing committees. Volunteers are urged to contact me directly for more information.

We have scheduled a Special General Meeting on 30 November 2013, where hopefully we will adopt a new constitution that conforms to the latest SASCOC requirements.

As we near the year end, I wish our youth every success in competing in the 2013 SAJCC event in Durban and the 2013 World Youth event in the UAE. We also wish our senior CWP A Team well in defending our Inter-union title in Durban. We also look forward to hosting the most prestigious tournament in South Africa, and also the country’s strongest players, at the 2014 SA Closed and SA Ladies Closed to be held at the Fountains Hotel from 3 to 12 January 2014.

We will also soon be celebrating some of our 2013 achievements, and also presenting awards for excellence, at our annual awards ceremony on 16 November 2013. I hope to see many of our players and supporters at this function.

Yours in chess,

David Gluckman
President
Chess Western Province

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