Namibian schools championships

Julian Isaaks is the junior champion of Namibia. McLean Handjaba reports that “The Namibian National Junior Closed Chess Championship brought a lot of excitement and a thrilling battle of the minds as 53 youngsters from all over the country fought head-to-head for in Windhoek over the weekend (July 26-28) at Academia Secondary School. “A National Junior Chess Champion emerged from each age group during the three daylong tourney.” From the start of the tournament all eyes were on Julian Read more [...]

World Junior Champion wins in Cape Town

The World Junior Champion was a clear first in Cape Town’s first international tournament in 30 years. Alexander Ipatov, 20, won the DSK GM norm event at the German School in Tamboers Kloof. Ipatov also won most of his games in a 20-player simultaneous exhibition. (I was one of his victims.) Although South Africans filled the bottom of the table, Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe and Elijah Emojong of Uganda did the continent proud. The final scores were: 1 GM Alexander Ipatov rated 2583 8 out of Read more [...]

Tiviakov berates SA Chess

An unscripted extra took place at the opening ceremony at the DSK Open in Cape Town. Attended by minister Dr Ivan Meyer and other dignitaries. Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov seized the opportunity to berate the organization of South African chess for not making much progress towards lifting its best juniors to compete with the likes of Ipatov. The former Soviet star said that a permanent academy presided over by a top international trainer, as is still the case in Russia, where the chess students Read more [...]

Uganda national teams league in full swing

The National Chess League which took a break last weekend to pave way for the Dar es Salaam Open is set to resume this Sunday 23 rd June 2013 at Hotel Africana with early pace setters Sanlam taking on MUBS and Barclays Chess Clubs in the seventh and eighth rounds. Current placings: 1 Sanlam Chess Club 2 DMARK Chess Club 3 Lweza Kings 4 Mulago Knights 5 City Chess Club 6 Mulago Kings 7 Mulago Overs 8 Mengo Chess Club 9 Civil Aviation Authority 10 Mulago Rooks 11 Makindye Chess Club 12 Read more [...]

Tanzania hosts Spicenet Championship

After an epic story of overcoming adversity, the one-time handmade soap maker, Vinay Choudary, now owner of Tanzania's top internet provider, organized the Spicenet Open Chess Championship in Tanzania, and invited chess ambassadors GM Nigel Short and WGM Alina L'Ami to honor the event and give it a touch of class. L'Ami, a Romanian, writes on Chessbase “It was a warning for me that I shouldn’t blindly believe everything that’s on TV, which most of the times is just partially true. Most people Read more [...]

Zambian heads for World Cup

The Swedish embassy has sponsored Gillan Bwalya who hammerd our players in Botswans last month, with $3000 to make it possible for him to attend the 2013 World Chess Cup in Tromso, Norway. The Chess World Cup 2013 is a 128-player chess single-elimination tournament, which will be played between August 10 and September 5.. The Swedish ambassador, Lena Nordstrom., announced her country’s decision last Saturday. to have a Zambian chess player among the 128 best in the World. Ambassador Nordstrom Read more [...]

Latest news from Africa June 21

South African players did not fare too well at the recent continental championship. So what should we do to advance our talented, but under-performing players? In the old Soviet days the Russian Federation were effective but pretty ruthless in ensuring that stars from Botvinnik to Kasparov progressed from talented amateurs to world class champions. How did they do it? Established grandmasters had to earn their keep by taking a junior under their wings and become their coaches and mentors. The Read more [...]

Namibia has a new champ.

Namibia has a new champion Goodwill Khoa, 23.The nine-round long tournament was held at the Protea Thuringerhof Hotel in Windhoek over the Easter weekend. Khoa drew with last year’s champion Charles Eichab, a frequent visitor to South Africa, and also drew with the tournament favourite Otto Nakapunda in the final. Following Khoa, was another young chess player, McLean Handjaba who also made chess headlines as he came in second place this year after qualifying for the National team. Read more [...]

Give our guys (and girls) a chance!

South Africa’s players did not fare too well at the continental championship in Botswana, in May. So what should we do to advance our talented, but under-performing players. In the old Soviet days the Russian Federation were effective but pretty ruthless in ensuring that stars from Botvinnik to Kasparov progressed from talented amateurs to world class champions. How did they do it? Established grandmasters had to earn their keep by taking a junior under their wings and become their coaches and Read more [...]