Chess is an art, a science and a sport Over the weekend I had occasion to take in my surroundings. The event is played at Times Square, Pretoria. It is a complex consisting of a casino, hotel, an arena where concerts are held and many restaurants where one can have great coffee. The area is […]
The event is turning into quite a tough one for me. I lost both games today, and it’s not that I am playing badly. My opponents simply see further than what I am seeing at present. I think the rustiness is now showing. I play too little to compete against the new young crop of […]
One needs to have a bucket list of tournaments to participate in! One of the events that you need to plan is the annual Capablanca Open. The event is pure class. We are playing in the Sun Casino complex and there are ample opportunities around the place to eat and have coffee.
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 […]
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 […]