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 came in the top three. At that stage SA was still divided in chess terms and SA held a Closed for white players and one for Black players.