The SA Closed chess championship is a qualifier for a number of events. Let’s look at a few of these events on the FIDE calendar for 2018.
The fourth round was completed tonight and what a day. Action packed, pulsating chess all round and it is clear that the players are now into the event. So let us look at some interesting statistics relating to the event:
The 2017 edition of the SA Closed is in full flow. The Closed is a special event as a player strives throughout his or her career to play in this event. Many top players never made it to the Closed. I played in my first SA Closed in 1989 at the age of 16 and […]
The games started this afternoon and what titanic battles there were! The Open Section The top of the table clash was between Van Den Heever and Kobese. Both international Masters elected to have an early shower because after ten moves a grandmaster draw was agreed to. Saving their energy for the marathon! I don’t even […]
There is something magical about the SA Closed. When the best players in the country congregate to play you know it will be something special. Last night was the opening ceremony and of course many of the top players were there to participate in the draw. So let’s look at the top match ups for […]
Mr. Dalpat , members of the Chessa exco, Mr. Mark Lewis, Dr. Deon Solomons, ladies and gentleman on behalf of the department of Cultural Affairs and Sport I welcome you to the Western Cape. We are proud to be associated with this prestigious event as we hold chess in high regard in this province. We […]
The National Sport and Recreation Plan of 2011 enjoins us to acknowledge and recognise our heroes and heroines. The recognition given to our stars of 2017 is all important as it allows us to measure our success as well as to acknowledge the top players, clubs, teams and athletes of this past year.
On 30 November 2017 I met grandmaster Kenny Solomon who was on his way back to Italy after attending the funeral of his older brother Graham Solomon last week. Kenny agreed to a short interview with me.
It is with a profound sense of sadness and disbelief that I heard last night that Graham Solomon passed away. Graham was the brother of South Africa’s first grandmaster Kenny Solomon and advocate Maxwell Solomon, one of South Africa’s first Olympians in the democratic era. Graham played in the Western Province league this year. He was […]
On Sunday night 12 November 2017 I attended the South African Sport Awards at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The event is the culmination of quite a process. The National Sport and Recreation Plan (2011) enjoins us to acknowledge our sport heroes and heroines and to recognise the achievements of everyone involved in the sport and […]