In my capacity as Chief Director of Sport and Recreation in the province of the Western Cape, I often have to compile a quarterly report relating to activities. I decided to start a chess one of the events I attended and was involved in.
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April is really the month for birthdays for many people associated with Chess. On 10 April Roland Willenberg celebrated his birthday, 11 April Chessa Vice President Winston Dalpat celebrated his birthday, on 12 April President Jacob Zuma celebrated his birthday, on 13 April former world champion, and the player I consider the greatest of all […]
A few weeks ago I travelled to Johannesburg to participate in the PSS Rapid event. At the event I had the opportunity to interact with many of the chess players. One of the things that struck me afterwards was that many chess players did not continue their further studies after Matric. Many players simply continued […]
20 May 2017 is a significant day for Elsies River Chess Club as we are hosting the biggest rapid competition in Western Cape and launching our “touch of hope” campaign for 2017. We are inviting everyone to share this event with us at the Elsies River high school.
The months of April and May 2017 is a real boom for chess across the country. During April the South African Junior Closed chess championship was held in Gauteng. The representatives for the various FIDE and African events have been decided and we wish them well. Steinitz Chess Club who is arguably one of South […]
24 April 2017 was a momentous day for WIM Denise Frick. She graduated with her doctorate in Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria. The name of the thesis is Habit (us), values and mindfulness among elite athletes. The emphasis is on sport psychology. Dr. Denise was also awarded academic honorary colours at the […]
Towards the end of last month the Cape Town Chess Club staged the Cape Town Heritage Chess Festival in honour of the club’s 132 years of existence- making it the second oldest chess club in the southern hemisphere (behind Melbourne). The Festival held simultaneous exhibitions, lectures, blitz events for seniors, ladies and juniors as well […]
This last weekend 22 and 23 April 2017, I competed in the PSS Rapid chess championships in Johannesburg. Of course last Easter weekend I played seven rounds of blitz and seven rounds of classical chess! So this weekend I flew to Johannesburg to compete in a grueling ten round rapid event.
Date: 16 May 2017 Time: 19h00 for 19h30 Venue: Claremont Chess Club (ACL), Hall Rd, Rondebosch Map: Claremont Chess Club (ACL)
The Steinitz Chess Club has done itself proud by organising the 40th anniversary in fine style. Grandmaster Sahaj Grover from India won the event with 6.5 out of seven after defeating FM Calvin Klaasen in round seven. GM Grover was very approachable and always had a friendly word for all the opponents and players.