NEWS AND RESULTS FROM 2006

Club Championship 2006

The Club Championship commenced in March and saw a close race between the top three finishers. Peter Dankelmann scored an upset win in the 5th round with the Black pieces against defending champion Keith Rust, and was the joint leader after 8 rounds with 5 points from 7 games (with a postponed game against Julian Thorpe in hand).

Joining him in the lead was Ashley Lewis, also on 5 points, but with a totally won adjournment against Cyril Danisa up his sleeve, and Keith Rust, on the same score but with a drawish looking Rook and Pawn ending to finish against Bongani Mgaga.

In a dramatic last round Ashley drew with Julian, and then watched as Keith swindled a point from Cyril. The last game to finish was Peter's game against championship debutant, Luke Adamson, who sacrificed several pieces in a successful attempt to mate Peter in an exciting time scramble.

When all the games were finished, there was a tie for first place on 7 points. Ashley is to be congratulated on his maiden Championship title, and on being the only player to remain undefeated.

NoName 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910Score
1Lewis,Ashley * 1 1 1 1 17.0
2Rust,Keith * 0 1 1 1 1 1 17.0
3Dankelmann,Peter 1 * 0 1 1 1 05.5
4Thorpe,Julian 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 15.0
5Choko,David 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 15.0
6Mgaga,Bongani 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 14.0
7Mabuya,McDonald 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 13.5
8Ramsurrup,Pratish 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 3.0
9Danisa,Cyril 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 02.5
10Adamson,Luke 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 *2.5

The Candidates section was convincingly won by Ashish Ramsurrup with 8 points out of 9 games, improving on his position as runner up to John Blackburn in 2005. In the Premier section Sayen Naidu won with 6 points out of 8 games, and new member Philip Rodda won the Reserves tournament with a fine 8 out of 9.

Natal Open 2006

The 2006 UNITE Kwa-Zulu Natal Open took place on the long weekend of 29th April to 1st May. There was a triple tie for first place on 7 out of 8 between Keith Rust, Jason Subke, and Lulama Qobo.

Here are the final results.

Third Swiss 2006

The Third Swiss was won by Keith Rust with 5 out of 6, ahead of Bongani Mgaga, Ahdir Puran and Mageshan Pillay on 4½ points. Upset of the tournament was Mageshan's surprise win against Ashley Lewis in the last round. Ashley was the exchange ahead for nothing, but stumbled into a mating net to end on 4 points.

Second Swiss 2006

The Second Swiss was won by visiting master Aminul Islam (6 out of 7) followed by Keith Rust on 5½ points. Amin actually scored 6/6 as he was unable to play in the 6th round. Amin has a FIDE rating of just over 2300 and is one of the strongest players in Bangladesh.

Moss Kolnik Memorial Swiss 2006

The first Swiss tournament of the year was won by Keith Rust on 7½ out of 8, followed by Ashley Lewis on 6 points and Bongani Mgaga on 5½ points. Keith beat both Ashley and Bongani, dropping only ½ point to student Prenthan Chetty, who went on to tie for second place in the B section of the Club championships.

News and Results from 2005

These can be found here.


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