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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The South African National Club Championship was held from 22 to 25 September at the University of the Western Cape. The event was held by Western Cape Chess under the auspices of Chess South Africa.