Keith Rust first played in the Durban championship in 1976, but was
unable to win the event until his fifth attempt in 1981. Thereafter
he won the event on a regular basis. Keith won the Durban title for
a record 25th time in 2018, making him the second oldest winner of
the title, after Dr Mc Cord.
Keith's first significant success was winning the 1977 Natal Open
ahead of a strong field, including then SA Champion David Walker,
whom he defeated in their individual game. Keith won the Kwa-Zulu
Natal Closed title on 16 occasions from 1977 to 2011.
Keith was only able to play on one occasion in the South African championships. That event, held in Pretoria in bitterly cold conditions in July 1987, saw a close fight between Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Quinteros and many times South African champion Charles de Villiers, who mowed down the rest of the field. Keith tied for 6th place, and you can see the tournament cross-table here.
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