History was made at the GM Kenny Solomon recognition ceremony by Adv Lyndon Bouah
Monday 23 February 2015 will go down in History as the day Grandmaster Kenny Solomon was honoured by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.
The evening started with a PowerPoint presentation the journey of a grandmaster which is attached hereto. This was presented by the Master of ceremonies Advocate lyndon. Bouah, Chief Director of sport and recreation in the department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, represented by the acting Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Minister Anton Bredell, praised Grandmaster Kenny Solomon and thanked him for being an inspiration and a beacon of hope for the youth of South Africa and the Western Cape.
Mr. Eldo Smart spoke about the contribution that Grandmaster Kenny Solomon is making to chess in South Africa. He noted that whenever Kenny played he will be playing as an ambassador for South Africa. Mr Smart officially handed Kenny his very own Protea Blazer.
Kenny thanked his family for supporting him, his sponsors and regaled the audience with his life story. It was fantastic to hear about his heroes, how he started playing and what it meant for him. He indicated that in 1998 he saw his wife for the first time at an Olympiad and immediately blundered a pawn away. When he looked at her the second time he immediately blundered a second pawn!
After a sumptuous three course meal, photos were taken of all the guests were taken with grandmaster Kenny. The photos are very historical.one of the photos shows five Chessa Presidents
Professor Berte Van Wyk ( 1992-1994) who was the key architect of unity in South African chess, Mr Andre Van Reeenen (2001-2003), Advocate Lyndon Bouah ( 2003-2005), Mrs Emelia Ellappen ( 2007-2014), Mr. Eldo Smart ( 2015-).
A photo was also taken of all the Western Province Presidents.
Mr Andre van Reenen ( 1997-1998), Mr Roland Wilenberg ( 1998-1999), Advocate lyndon Bouah ( 2000-2005, 2006-2010), Mr Warren Rossitter (2005-2006), Mr Eldo Smart ( 2010-2012), International Master David Gluckman (2012-2014), Dr Deon Solomons ( 2014-)
Grandmaster Kenny Solomon mentioned in his speech that he was inspired by the 1992 Olympiad team that flew to Manila to compete in that first Olympiad. The members who flew in that team ( except for Charles) all attended the event and took a picture with Kenny. The players in that team were Dr. Deon Solomons, IM David Gluckman, FM Charles de Villiers, Adv Lyndon Bouah and Adv. Maxwell Solomon.
Enjoy the photos and spot all the celebrity chess players! (To be uploaded soon in the Kenny gallery)