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Our youngest club member, Kriti Lalla, had a most successful December at the South African junior chess championships, held in Johannesburg. Kriti started off by scoring 7/7 on board 2 for the KZN under 10 team in the teams event. She then followed that up with 8/9 in the under 10 girls championships.

In April 2011 she took part in the SA Junior Closed held in Johannesburg, finishing 1st with 8 points out of 9 (8 wins, 1 loss) to confirm her status as the top under 10 girl. Her father has written a detailed report with photos which you can find on the KZN Chess Union website. This win secures Kriti's place in the South African team for the World Youth championships, to be held in Caldas Novas (Brazil) in November this year.

The following photos are of Kriti at a tournament earlier in 2010, and playing doubles in the Japanese Gardens at Ashley's farewell party in August 2010 (from left to right, Peter Dankelmann, Kriti Lalla, Ashley Lewis, Keith Rust and Paul Curry).

The Natal Mercury published an article about Kriti's achievement on the 13th January 2011. Here is a link for the article published in the Mercury


Here is a recent game from the Moss Kolnik Memorial, against the formidable Bongani Mgaga (twice club champion):

Mgaga, Bongani - Lalla, Kriti
Moss Kolnik Memorial (1), Durban, 13 January 2011

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qf5 9. Nxe4 Be7 10. Nxd4 Qd5 11. Nxc6 Qxc6 12. Ng3 Be6 (Kriti has equalised against Bongani's favourite opening.) 13. c3 O-O 14. Be3 Rad8 15. Qc2 Rfe8 16. Bd4 ?? (A rare blunder from Bongani, losing a piece due to the pin.) 16...Rxd4 17. Qe2 Rd7 18. Nh5 Qc4 19. Qe5 Qg4 20. Ng3 Red8 21. h3 Qg5 22. Qe4 Bc5 23. b4 Bb6 24. Nh1 h6 25. a4 Bd5 26. Qg4 Qxg4 27. hxg4 a5 28. Kh2 Bb3 29. Ra3 Rd1 30. Re5 Be6 31. bxa5 Ba7 32. f3 Bb8 33. Ng3 c6 34.Re2 R8d5 (Bongani commented afterwards that " really appreciate Kriti's brilliancy, around 6 moves before I got mated, she had an opportunity to trap my Rook (with 34...Bd6), she however opted to focus her attack on my King and complete the mating net.") 35. Raa2 h5 36. Kh3 hxg4+ 37. fxg4 Rh5+ 38. Nxh5 Rh1# 0-1

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