The Durban Chess Club is open to any member of the general public
in Durban. It provides its members with the opportunity of playing
competitive chess against some of the best players in Durban.
For dates and details of tournaments planned for the year go to the
At the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the club Desmond Rooplal was
re-elected as the Chairman and Keith Rust as the Captain of Play.
Our Treasurer is Nadean Gopaulsingh. I have prepared the following
table of club presidents from 1952 onwards
from old Annual reports. It can be seen that Peter Dankelmann,
who is now a Professor at the University of Johannesburg, was
our longest-serving Chairman.
The Club usually meets every week from 7.00 pm to about 10.30 pm on
Thursdays, at the Saint Cyprian's Church hall in Umbilo Road. From the
corner of Umbilo Road and Rick Turner (Francois) Road proceed along
the right hand side of Umbilo Road past Hannah Road and past Pioneer Road.
Look for the AFM Cleantech sign on the left hand side of the road, and
the church hall is in the cul-de-sac on the right of Umbilo Road.
Any interested chess player is welcome to attend the Club for a few evenings
to play social chess, before deciding whether to join as a member. However,
only Club members may enter rated tournaments at the Club.
The club submits the results of games played in its four major tournaments to CHESS SA (the national organising body of chess in South Africa) for rating purposes. That is 30 games per annum, if you play in all the events. In addition, the club sends in results of rapid and blitz events for rating purposes. Club membership fees do NOT include the cost of CHESS SA membership, which is currently R200 for adults and R100 for juniors. The club's annual membership fees are R400 for both adult and junior members, and we offer a 25% discount for additional family memberships.
Enquiries should be addressed to Desmond Rooplal.