There are a large number of junior chess players in the
Durban area, although unfortunately not many of them are
members of the Durban Chess Club.
Our junior members had lots of success at the 2003 South
African Junior championships, held recently in Bloemfontein.
Club member Shihaab Buckas is the new South African under 14
champion! Shihaab scored 8 points from 9 games (7 wins, 2 draws)
to finish clear first in his age group. Well done, Shihaab!
In the under 20 age group Ashley Lewis was seeded 17th and
also finished 17th with 5½ points. Kaamil Buckas won gold
in the team event with 5/5 but could only reach 3½ points
in the individual event.
In the under 18's Robbie Vella was 21st with 6 points, whilst Ilhaam Buckas scored 5½ points.
Promising youngster Kurt Kin played in the under 12 event, and finished 18th with his score of 6 out of 9.