The National Sport and Recreation Plan (2011) defines a club as ” A structured, constituted base for participation in sport and recreation in sport and serves as a vehicle for long term participant development as well as mentorship programmes to cater for high performance.” (Page 37) Steinitz chess club has been an agent of change […]
During the recent December vacation I spent part of the vacation reading a lovely chess book called the Birth of the Chess Queen – a history by Marlyn Yalom , 2004 , Pandora Chess. The books speak about how chess travelled throughout the ages and how the queen came to be the powerful piece that she […]
During the recent December vacation I read a fascinating book about chess pieces called Chess Masterpieces written by Gareth Williams ( Allen and Unwin : 2000, Australia). The book travels through the ages and tells us about how the pieces tell us about the history of the time. It starts off with an ancient poem […]
Stellenbosch 2017 WP team blitz champions. The 2017 WP Team Blitz was held at Sans Souci School in Newlands on 17 February. 21 teams entered the event. The teams assembled had brought some big guns. The 2017 event could not fitted into the schedule so February was agreed as the 2017 version and later this year […]
I recently had occasion to visit Mauritius. I stayed for eleven days and during that sojourn I also met up with my friend Patrick Li Ying from the Mauritius National chess team. He came to fetch my wife, Denise and I, from the hotel and took us on a brief tour of the Island.
The chess season has started in South Africa. The first event that kicked it off was the Cape Open which was won by IM Watu Kobese. He and Dr Shabier Bhawoodien both scored 5/6 but because Im Kobese beat Dr Bhawoodien he was adjudged the winner. Some tough games but of course very exciting 225 […]
The SA junior chess championships took place in Johannesburg during the annual summer vacation. One of the parents Mrs. Jacky Fritz informs me that there was much jubilation when the Matric results came out as many chess players received some great results. This was a list she supplied me indicating some of the students who […]
In a dramatic final round IM Johannes Mabusela beat IM Watu Kobese clinch his first ever SA Closed Championship. Thirty minutes later FM Calvin Klaasen beat Jacob Mnguni to also clinch his first SA Closed Championship. In terms of the rules of the event both players are declared Co-Champions and both their names will go […]
And what a round. It was! The sensation of the round must be Daniel Barrish beating Watu Kobese. Some of the pundits around the analysis room thought Watu had a good position from the opening but Barrish absorbed the pressure to bring home the point.
The SA Closed Congress is nearing the end. It has been a good event with different sections and a good vibe surrounding the event. One of the aspects that I have been observing is the analysis afterwards. It is always interesting to watch. Sometimes one doesn’t know who won the game because the loser would […]