This week I registered for the Capablanca event that will be starting at 09:00am on 27 April. I am very excited to be part of this great event. I have played many events in the Gauteng area. One of my first national events was the South African Senior Schools Sports Association chess event in Johannesburg […]
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The event ended on 14 April. Two of our players FM Calvin Klaasen and CM Roland Bezuidenhout ended on 6/9. On tiebreak Klaasen took the bronze as FM Khetho had more wins. Roland came fifth on tiebreak which is a great performance by both players.
Megan Van Niekerk triumphs to become the new 2018 Zone 4.3 Champion! Megan Van Niekerk caused a sensation when she won the 2018 zone 4.3 Women section. Last week 7 April Megan Van Niekerk started in the tenth position with a rating of 1674. She went into the zonal untitled and not known to many […]
Round 7 Heartache for Klaasen and Joy for Megan in round seven. It was a tough one to Klaasen when he lost to Pedro. Domingos beat Paiva to co-lead with Owdro on 5.5 De Villiers won and Roland scored his sixth draw. Bhawoodien played the back marker Botao and won.
Many players will be competing in the African Individuals in Zambia which will take place from 12-24 May. So the key is to try to peak at the events at the right time. You may have a bad event now but then later come back and peak at the right time.
Women Section: 1. WFM Mwango beat WIM Caxita on top board to maintain her lead. She now has 4.5/5 going into round 6. 2. Megan Van Niekerk scored a good draw against WIM Jesse February. Megan has been playing solidly over the last few months.
The first postage stamp was issued in Britain on 6 May 1840. The stamp had a portrait of Queen Victoria. The first stamp depicting chess was issued in 1947 by Bulgaria. For those who are interested in chess stamps there are nowadays many conferences and congresses which have a philatelic trace. Stamps are issued to […]
This is the most prestigious blitz event in the country in terms of its rich history. The Dr Blumberg Lightning Championship trophy has been contested from 1950, and past winners include a long list of players who have represented South Africa in Olympiads or participated in South African Closed Championships including E Bergendorff, D Isaacson, […]
Mozambique was declared a Portuguese overseas Colony by Portugal in 1951. In the 1960s however Frelimo was established which would fight for the liberation of Mozambique. The Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) was led by Eduardo Mondlane. The liberation started in 1964 and ended with the independence of Mozambique on 25 June 1974. Today Mozambique is […]
Mozambique has hosted a number of top events in the last decade. My two fondest memories are the Zone 4.3 team Championships which was held in 2008. In this event South Africa won the team championship on game points after Burundi took one point off against Angola.