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 […]
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 […]
Ken Whyld released a book entitled the Guiness Chess the Records in 1986. He lists all the winners of the SA Closed since the event began. I cross referenced with Mr Leonard Reitstein who wrote the History of Chess in South Africa. Whyld gives the following on page 114:
Friday 15 December is the traditional day for the start of the festive season in Cape Town. Most factories close and many people start their journeys to the Eastern Cape. In government today is also the last day for payments to be made so there is a sense of urgency in air as many people […]
The women’s section is a tightly fought contest with a number of players in with a chance. Let’s have a look at the names on the trophy:
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 […]