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 […]
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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.
The Steinitz 40th International Anniversary Open started in Cape Town on 13 April 2017 with a Blitz event. The blitz event attracted 60 players and was full of action. Steinitz is a club known for its love of Blitz. They have won the WP blitz team Championship a record 15 times in the last seventeen […]
The 40th Anniversary Steinitz International Open starts on 13 April 2017 in Bellville South, Cape Town. The event starts with. A blitz competition at 7pm. ( incidentally it is also former world champion Gary Kasparov’s birthday.) The event has truly become an International event with winners coming from across the world. This year Grandmaster Sahaj […]
Grandmaster Sahaj Grover from India ( born in 1995) headlines the player list at the Steinitz 40th anniversary event in Cape Town this Easter Weekend. He is originally from Delhi boasting a rating of 2493 and was awarded the grandmaster title in 2012 at the age of 17. He was an International master at 15 […]
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 […]