South Africa welcomes Vishy Anand
African chess experienced a brush with greatness the past week. Viswanathan Anand’s recent visit to Africa has been the subject of conversation this past week. What was not emphasized in the media was his short stop in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province in South Africa prior to Botswana. The World Champion…Read More »
South Africa Open goes online!
ChessCube’s Headquarters in South Africa. In a very intesting experiment, Mark Levitt, the CEO of chesscube.com, is holding the South Africa Open with players who are not at the tournament venue. Three players are located in Australia and are playing via the Internet under the supervision of arbiters. The SA…Read More »
2009 South Africa Open
Chess South Africa is hosting their annual Open tournament in July 3-11 at Wynberg High School in Cape Town. The tournament is expecting to draw players from throughout the region and continent. IM Robert Gwaze is scheduled to participate in the event. IM Watu Kobese won the event last year.…Read More »
GM Ashley treks to South Africa!
GM Maurice Ashley recently spent time in South Africa touring the schools and promoting chess. He was able to leave the students with some valuable life lessons. The host was David Berman who runs the program, “Chess for Change”. Ashley sent the following letter: Hey Daaim: I just came back…Read More »
Africa crowns Jr. Champs!
2008 African Junior Championship Chess Association of South Africa pulled out all stops to make the 2008 African Junior Championships a memorable festival. Looking at the large collection of photos, it would appear that they succeeded in making the event memorable. One thing that did not change is the dominance…Read More »
Kobese wins S. Africa Open!
IM Watu Kobese at 2008 South Africa Open Photo by Gauteng North Chess Union. The “African Lion” IM Watu Kobese won the South African Open with a staggering 9.5/11 (+8). At one stage he had eight wins in a row and was only cooled by a draw to IM Thomas…Read More »
South Africa announces Olympiad team!
The South African Olympiad team has chosen their Men’s and Women’s teams and IM Kenny Solomon will lead a delegation of ten players to Dresden, Germany. The men’s team will include South African champion, 18-year old Henry Steel. IM Watu Kobese will play board #2 and IM Johannes Mabusela will…Read More »
South Africa’s ChessCube.com
Mark Levitt of South Africa sent me a message about chesscube.com, an all-purpose chess website that includes gaming, news, blogs, forum and other features. He states, I wanted to highlight www.ChessCube.com, a chess initiative started in Cape Town, South Africa. ChessCube is a free playing site, with a strong social…Read More »
Ngubeni analyzes Africa’s Top 20!
Comments: The African Top 20 presents an interesting perspective of the continent’s chess masters. The list shows four Grandmasters, there are in fact five. GM Slim Bouaziz (2338) of Tunisia, does not make the top 20 club due to his low fide rating. Also GM is WGM Tuduetso Sabure…Read More »
ChessCube.com interviews South Africa’s Kenny Solomon
Kenny Solomon on the move at the 2007 South African Open. Photo courtesy of Chessa.com. International Master Kenny Solomon is currently in Algiers, Algeria trying to bring home a medal from the 9th All-Africa Games. Prior to the trip, he won the 2007 South African Open for the 4th time and is…Read More »