Thursday, 30 June 2016

ECA June youth trials

The first Ethekwini Youth Trials tournament took place at St Anthony's in Greyville from the 27th to 29th June 2016. There were 225 players and 7 rounds of 90/90 chess were played over the 3 days.

Here are some photos from the event:

View of the tournament from the stage
Kaedan Govender won all his games and a large trophy
The under 14 section was closely contested, with 57 competitors. In the end, 3 players tied for 1st on 6 points out of 7. Seen below are Jaedon Naidu and Sachen Pather receiving their trophies from Dinesh Nair.

Sizwe Ndlovu did very well in the u18 section
Here are the final results for each age group:
under 08 section,
under 10 section,
under 12 section,
under 14 section,
under 16 section,
under 18 section,
under 20 section.

KZN chess elections

A new committee was elected on 24th June 2016 to take KZN chess forwards over the next 2 years. I hereby list their names and contact details:

President: Erick Takawira
Cell: 073 434 8634

Vice President: Mbongeni Sithole
Cell: 076 763 2328

Secretary: Londiwe Khumalo
Cell: 079 0438 286 / 0765130382

Additional Member: Sbu Mkhize
Cell: 073 181 8465

Treasurer: Zandile Gwamanda
{I do not have her contact details}

Sunday, 26 June 2016

KZN District championship

It was perhaps no surprise that Ethekwini won the inaugural KZN District championships, held over the weekend of 24th to 26th June 2016. Much more interesting was the battle for the silver medals, which was won by the Uthungulu district after narrow wins over their chief rivals from Amajuba, who took the bronze medals, and the Ilembe district, which finished in 4th place.

The full results have been published on the website, here is a link to the team results summary.

Here is a game with a very nice finish, sent to me by coach Spha from Ilembe:

Some photos from the prizegiving (more photos in a separate post):

Team Amajuba with their bronze medals, Gugu Mkhize centre front.
KZNCA chair Erick Takawira centre back. 

The top players on each board, most of them had blue Ethekwini shirts!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Ethekwini youth trials

These are scheduled to take place from the 27th to 29th June 2016. There will be 7 rounds played at 90 minutes per player per game. Further details are contained in the entry form.

KZN schools trials

A 5 round rated tournament was held on the weekend of 4th to 5th June 2016 to select players for the upcoming National Top Schools tournament (due to be held in Durban in July). A total of 388 boys and girls took part in this event which was held at the KZN Badminton Hall. The organisers have sent me the results which were as follows: under 13 boysunder 13 girlsunder 15 boysunder 15 girlsunder 18 boysunder 18 girls.

Uthungulu May swiss

Uthungulu Chess Association held their third tournament of the year from 28th to 29th May 2016, with 159 players vying for places in the Uthungulu team. The guest of honour at the prizegiving was Mr Thami Mchunu from the Uthungulu Sports Confederation who presented the trophies and gave some encouraging words to the players. A big thank you also goes to the Parents committee who designed and sold bright red T-shirts as part of their fund raising efforts.
Lisa Griffiths and Thami Mchunu present best junior female player trophy to Tiara Peters
Youngest player Kirthan Naidoo in his Uthungulu T-shirt
Under 18 prize winners Lundi Shoba, Siyabonga Sithole and Sibongakoke Mazibuko
Here are the final results for each age group, including the open division:
under 10 resultsunder 12 resultsunder 14 resultsunder 16 resultsunder 18 resultsunder 20 results, and open section results.

Mabusela wins KZN open

DCC chairman Desmond Rooplal congratulates Mabusela on his victory
The 2016 KZN open was won by visiting IM Johannes Mabusela from Tshwane, with the fine score of 7½ points out of 8. In 2nd place was Wandumuzi Khanyile from Richards Bay, with 7 points. Here are the final results of the 2016 KZN open.

A more detailed report, including photos and some annotated games, can be found on the Durban Chess Club website. I have now captured the games played on the top 10 boards for viewers to download.