South Africa

  • South Africa hosts the Commonwealth

    Graham Jurgensen has written a report on ChessBase about the ongoing Commonwealth Championship taking place in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The tournament began June 25th and has drawn over 700 participants including top-seed GM Nigel Short and a strong Indian contingent. There are fifteen countries represented at the event with 309…

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  • Bassem Amin tours South Africa!

    Jackie Ngubeni with GM Bassem Amin. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ngubeni. Egypt is sometimes known as The “Valley of the Kings” with a very rich history. Anyone who has traveled to the North African country will marvel at the ancient civilization and the magic of the Nile River. The nation…

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  • Times’ S. African Diary, Pt. 1

    Good Times in South Africa!! Jerald Times with some of the members of his Guguletu team. Photo courtesy of Jerald Times. Jerald Times has seen a lot in his chess career, but perhaps nothing could be more fulfilling than his current post in South Africa. Times was ask to join…

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  • Jerald Times in S. Africa!

    NM Jerald TimesPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Jerald Times is known as a successful coach and winner of six national championships with Mott Hall Dark Knights and was an chess instructor at the Harlem Educational Activity Fund (HEAF). While the HEAF program was eliminated due to budget cuts, Times began working…

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  • President Zuma at Chess Tournament

    South African President Jacob Zuma battles 12-year old Sfiso Mashazi at the Nkandla Chess Tournament. He spent a few days in Nkandla promoting the initiative. How many Heads-of-State have attended a chess tournament? In recent memory we remember the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the 2008 Chess Olympiad cheering his…

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  • “Moves for Life” launched in S. Africa

    President Jacob Zuma makes ceremonial move to launch initiative. Photo by Supreme Chess Trust. In a sign of good things to come, the Supreme Chess Trust launched “Moves for Life” program on October 24th at a gala event. President Jacob Zuma, a self-described chess player, gave the keynote address. Other…

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  • The Chess Drum Beats in Africa!

    On May 15th, I left Chicago’s O’Hare airport for a long journey to Africa. I finally set foot in Africa on May 18th in Johannesburg, South Africa. My trip was delayed two days because of a passport issue. I finally got my passport corrected, boarded my flight and flew a…

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  • The Drum to beat in Africa!

    The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will arrive in Africa on May 12th with a contingent of faculty members from universities around the continental U.S. The group will visit a number of businesses, organizations and sites in South Africa (3 days), Kenya (5 days) and Tanzania (5 days). Shabazz hopes to…

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  • Arthur Kobese: (1938-2010)

    The Late Arthur Kobese – May His Dear Soul Rest in Peace Arthur Kobese (South Africa) 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…

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  • S. Africa’s President at Chess Tourney

    Compiled by the Government Communication and Information System Date: 21 Dec 2009 Title: Checkmate President Zuma Pretoria- President Jacob Zuma is to participate in the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Chess Tournament tomorrow. The tournament, organised at the request of the President, will be held at the Nkandla Community Hall at 2pm. It…

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