South Africa

  • Drum Interviews @ Istanbul Olympiad

    Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit…

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  • Solomon gets Olympiad double norm!

    In the past few years, life has really changed for IM Kenny Solomon. Now married with a daughter and living in Italy, his life has a new purpose. When I interviewed Solomon after the sixth round, I asked him if this life change helped his chess and he stated that…

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  • Makoto wins South African Open

    Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe won the 2012 South African Open with superior tiebreaks over IM Johannes Mabusela, GM Ahmed Adly and Daniel Cawdery. All ended with 9/11. Makoto finished undefeated and drew with both Adly and GM Antonio Fernandes. Adly was upset by Craig Bornheim in the shock of the…

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  • 2012 South African Open

    Chess South Africa & Chess Western Province cordially invites all chess players to participate in 2012 South African Open Friday 29th June 2012 and will conclude on Sunday 8th July 2012Newlands Stadium Convention Centre (City of Cape Town in Western Province, South Africa) ENTRIES Entries after 27th June 2012 will…

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  • Chess outlet for S. African prisoners

    There are a lot of stories about how chess can individuals in a myriad of ways. Chess often finds a home in prison as the offenders can find the activity helpful in the coping process. Why chess? Perhaps it is the ability to control one’s fate in a place where…

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  • Kasparov in South Africa!

    Thursday 22 March 2012 Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media) “The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.” – Garry Kasparov Some of the best quotes of…

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  • Kenny Solomon gets 1st GM norm!

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  • Steel, Kobese win S. Africa Closed

    International Masters Henry Steel and Watu Kobese both tied for joint 1st at the 2011 South African Closed scoring 9/11! Henry was declared the national champion by virtue of his superior tiebreak beating Kobese in their head-to-head encounter. Below are selected games from the Closed section. Jacques Meintjies won the…

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  • Justus Williams is K8 co-champ!

    Dewain Barber with co-champs Michael Brown & Justus Williams. Photo by Melinda Matthews. Justus Williams shared joint 1st with Michael Brown at the K-8 Championship during the U.S. Open in Orlando. Justus finished on a sparkling 5.5/6 to push his USCF rating to 2265. He beat Cadet champion Arthur Shen…

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  • Kasparov in Africa

    Kasparov’s “African Dream” by Jackie Ngubeni Garry Kasparov, the world undisputed greatest chess player of all time, visited South Africa to deliver the key-note address for the IBM business convention. I caught-up with him at famed Soccer-City, ground-zero of the 2010 FIFA World-Cup spectacular, just at the outskirt of Soweto.…

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