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 as an evening of speeches. Here David Gluckman detailed his playing career whilst growing up in Cape Town, Watu Kobese described what it was like for a young black player at the height of the Apartheid era and Lyndon Bouah gave his view on the unity process that ultimately allowed us back into the international chess community.
The Festival affords us the opportunity to reflect on the past and commemorate that past before it is too late. This commemorative booklet hopefully captures some of that history – particularly around the unity process of the early 1990s that resulted in the formation of Chessa and South Africa’s re-admittance to international chess.
Cape Town Chess Club last hosted a major chess festival in 1985 when it celebrated the Club’s centenary. In order to preserve that important part of the Club’s heritage, we include as annexures within this 2017 commemorative booklet both that 1985 Centenary Brochure as well a crossword puzzle that was especially composed to celebrate that milestone.