Club Championship 2005

The Club Championship commenced in March and was largely completed by the end of June. The clash of the leaders in round 6 was decided when Bongani Mgaga lost a vital pawn in the opening to defending champion Keith Rust, his only loss of the event. Peter Dankelmann went through undefeated, but had too many draws to win the title.

NoName 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910Score
1Rust,Keith * 1 1 1 1 1 1 18.0
2Dankelmann,Peter * 1 1 1 16.5
3Mgaga,Bongani 0 * 1 1 1 1 16.5
4Danisa,Cyril 0 0 * 1 0 1 14.5
5Lewis,Ashley * 0 0 0 1 14.0
6Ramsurrup,Pratish 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 14.0
7Dri,Steven 0 0 1 1 * 0 03.5
8Mabuya,McDonald 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 03.0
9Zungu,Zipho 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 13.0
10Buckas,Shihaab 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 *2.0

The Candidates section was won by the wily veteran (7-times club champion) John Blackburn with 5 points out of 7 games, ahead of promising youngsters Ezra Pillay and Ashish Ramsurrup. In the Premier section Kailen Thaver scored a clean sweep 7 out of 7. Finally, Ahdir Puran won the Reserves tournament with a fine 6 out of 7, losing only to club stalwart Ray Pietersen.

Natal Open 2005

The Natal Open took place on the long weekend 19th to 21st March. Vincent Choko was crowned 2005 champion, with the fine score of 7 points from 8 games. His sole loss was to leading female player Suvania Moodliar. Key to his victory was a last round win against Keith Rust, who was one of the leaders throughout the event. Keith ended in joint second place with 6½ points, together with David Choko (Vincent's younger brother, and a past winner of the title), Nico Marome, and McDonald Mabuya. For a detailed report with pictures click here.

Third Swiss 2005

The Third Swiss was won by Keith Rust with 5 out of 6, ahead of Ashley Lewis, Peter Dankelmann and Mark Stockhausen on 4 points. Mark made a comeback to competitive chess this year, and impressed with two gritty draws against Peter and Keith. The tournament also saw the debut in Durban chess circles of Dawit Wondimu. Dawit has represented his country Ethiopia on two occasions at Olympiads, and sports a fine 2200 FIDE rating. Dawit was unable to play in all the rounds, and seemed a little out of practice in this event, losing to Cyril Danisa in the fourth round. We welcome Dawit to Durban.

Second Swiss 2005

The Second Swiss was won by Ashley Lewis (5½ out of 7) followed by Pratish Ramsurrup and Keith Rust on 4½ points. The event was well attended, with 32 players taking part at various stages.

First Swiss 2005

The First Swiss was won by Cyril Danisa with 6½ out of 8, after he defeated Bongani Mgaga in a vital last round game. Tied for second place were Keith Rust and Ashish Ramsurrup on 6 points. Ashish joined the club in 2004 and has improved rapidly over the last year. In this event he drew with both Peter Dankelmann and Keith Rust, and had good wins against John Blackburn and George Oliver.

Juniors Johannesburg 2004

The annual South African junior chess championships for different age groups took place in Johannesburg in December 2004. For more details click here.

News and Results from 2004

These can be found here.

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