Three of the 14 national champions were from KZN! We won two gold medals in the open sections, Kaedan Govender won the under 8 open title, and Naseem Essa was the under 14 open champion. We had hoped for a similar result in the girls sections. I was surprised that Arti Datharam, who received a trophy as South African under 10 player of the year for 2016, finished out of the medals in the under 12 girls. Instead it was her little sister, Archana Datharam, who won the third gold medal! Archana is now the SA under 10 girls champion. Lastly, Charlotte Millard won a bronze medal for her 3rd place in the under 12 girls. Congratulations to all of our medal winners!
|Archana Datharam stayed on board 1 for the whole tournament,|
scoring 10 points from her 11 games
|Kaedan Govender, seen here with his proud parents, did even|
better, drawing once and winning all his other games
|Naseem Essa, back on board 1 after an early upset, scored 8.5 points|
from his 11 games, and won the gold medal in a playoff match
The detailed results and most of the games can be found at the chess-results.com website.