Earlier this year the family of Mr. Leonard Rietstein contacted me to become the custodian of the chess documents and other chess material of Mr. Leonard Rietstein who is turning 90 this year. As I have known Mr Rietstein, for close to 20 years now I was honoured and privileged to be requested to be […]
The chess community in Western Province has a new champion chess club. MRL Chess Club won the Premier division of the Chess Western Province league in Saturday 16 September at the Western Cape Sport School in Kuilsriver. The team was in sublime form and if we look at their results one can only applaud their […]
As many of you know I love reading and try to stay up to date with the latest novels and literature relating to chess. At the beginning of July 2017 I bought a book entitled Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov. I had heard about the book and when I saw it available at a local […]
This weekend is the start of the World Cup in Georgia. Africa has a number of representatives.
The annual Chess Western Province league is a veritable festival of chess. One of the greatest things that I enjoy about get league is that it brings a diverse group of people together from all walks of life and all communities. The league has been played since 1907 in Cape Town. The statistics are very […]
On the 9th of August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to protest the pass laws that were enacted at that time. The march became symbolic of the strength of women and since the advent of democracy in South Africa, 9 August has become known as women’s day and the […]
The Chess Western Province league brings together players and clubs from all communities in the Western Cape. We have players who have travelled from as far afield as George (George Loverlot) to Paarl the Drakenstein Dragons. We also have noted a fair number of doctors in the house.
I have always been fascinated by chess sets. At my high school when we played home games our chess teacher, Mr John Ritchie, would produce the wooden board for board one. It is rumoured that that the board never lost for ten years! I can testify that in the three years I was entrusted with […]
Last month the event ended in Oran, Algeria with powerful performances by our South African Representatives. IM Daniel Cawdery astounded the continent when he beat Grandmasters Adly and El Gindy and drew with SM Amin. He ended joint first but second on tie break just missing out on a possible Grandmaster title.
So the table reveals that MRL is leading the league with an unbeaten run so far. Let’s have a look at the individual matches.