It is with great sadness that CHESSA has learnt of the passing of Arthur Kobese. He worked for the post office in the Eastern Cape relocating to Soweto around 1980. He became prominent in Chess circles when he began to organize Chess in the Greater Soweto area, forming the Stablemates Chess Club and Central Transvaal Chess Union (Whose team participated in the Junior Nationals in 1984 for the first time) and organizing regular tournaments such as the Standard Bank Open.
- Mr. Arthur Kobese was one of the Founding members of Chess South Africa. He was Interim President in 1994 and 1995 and was elected President from 1996 – 2001.
- He also served as Zone 4.3 President from 1996 to 2000.
- He was the FIDE Delegate to a number of Olympiads.
Mr. Kobese’s contribution to unifying and building chess in the country was unmatched and invaluable.
CHESSA’s condolences go out to his family and in particular to his son International Master Watu Kobese and his widow Muriel.
~ Emelia Ellappen, CHESSA President