This is the most prestigious blitz event in the country in terms of its rich history. The Dr Blumberg Lightning Championship trophy has been contested from 1950, and past winners include a long list of players who have represented South Africa in Olympiads or participated in South African Closed Championships including E Bergendorff, D Isaacson, […]
Mozambique was declared a Portuguese overseas Colony by Portugal in 1951. In the 1960s however Frelimo was established which would fight for the liberation of Mozambique. The Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) was led by Eduardo Mondlane. The liberation started in 1964 and ended with the independence of Mozambique on 25 June 1974. Today Mozambique is […]
Mozambique has hosted a number of top events in the last decade. My two fondest memories are the Zone 4.3 team Championships which was held in 2008. In this event South Africa won the team championship on game points after Burundi took one point off against Angola.
The event will comprise an Open Section and a Women’s section. The Championships will be held from April 7th 2018 (arrival) to April 15th 2018 (departure) at the Mulotane Lodge in Maputo, Mozambique.
For the past two days I was awakened by the waves of the Indian Ocean in Stilbaai. Eden Chess Union is hosting the 2017 edition of the Western Cape Club Championship. The event is an annual one and has been held since 2012. Steinitz chess club has won the event since inception. The event tends […]
The Steinitz Festival is only a few days away! In an exciting development IM Mohammed Henry Steel will be headlining the field. He and his wife Khadidja have registered to play. I am glad he is playing again because he has an exceptional grasp of chess. In 2012 he beat grandmaster Luke McShane when South […]
The first week of March is traditionally the WP Open. The event was held at Bellville Technical High School. It’s principal, Mr Koopman, is a keen Chessplayer, and obtained his Eastern Province chess colours in the 1980s. The WP Open is one of Cape Town’s oldest events and attracts many players from across the Western […]
Over the weekend of 24 February 2018 the Paarl Boys Remembrance Open event took place in Paarl. Paarl Boys High is one of the oldest schools in South Africa and this event was held as part of its 150 anniversary celebrations. The motto of the school is Tandem Fit Arbor Surculus which translated from Latin […]
The National Sport and Recreation Plan (2011) defines a club as ” A structured, constituted base for participation in sport and recreation in sport and serves as a vehicle for long term participant development as well as mentorship programmes to cater for high performance.” (Page 37) Steinitz chess club has been an agent of change […]
During the recent December vacation I spent part of the vacation reading a lovely chess book called the Birth of the Chess Queen – a history by Marlyn Yalom , 2004 , Pandora Chess. The books speak about how chess travelled throughout the ages and how the queen came to be the powerful piece that she […]