Early Days of Durban Chess Club

The Durban Chess Club was founded in 1893, making it one of the oldest chess clubs in South Africa. Here is an article written by Mervyn Millar that appeared in March 1974.

It is interesting to consider which Durban champions also became South African champions. Harry Duhan was club champion in 1907 and SA champion in 1910, but he moved about a lot, so we probably shouldn't count him. Then in 1935 we had Jack Archer, who was mentioned by Mervyn. In 1977 the SA champion was Durban born and bred David Walker, who was living at the time in Cape Town. Finally, in 1987 the SA title was won by Charles de Villiers, who was then living in Durban (for a couple of years), after which he returned home to Cape Town.

Durban Chess Club Presidents

I have been unable to find a complete list of club presidents since the club was founded. Here is a more detailed article, with a list starting from 1952 and some background information on our first president. You may be surprised to learn that he has his own statue near the City Hall!

Standard Berger Tables for Round-Robin Events

Here is an extract of the standard Berger tables for events with between 3 and 14 players.

World Chess Federation (FIDE)

The World Chess Federation, known as FIDE from its French initials (Federation Internationale des Eschecs) was founded in 1924. South Africa was expelled from FIDE in 1977 because of apartheid, and was readmitted to the world body in 1992, the year that CHESSA was formed.

The current FIDE laws of chess came into effect from 1 January 2018. These laws apply to all chess events held in South Africa and can be downloaded from the FIDE rules website.

Chess South Africa (CHESSA)

CHESSA is the national organising body of chess in South Africa. The reader is referred to the CHESSA Home Page for news and information on forthcoming events.

World Chess News

The one magazine that I read every week is Mark Crowther's publication called "The Week In Chess", popularly known as TWIC. TWIC has details of events from all over the world, and contains about 2 500 games in every issue! Mark has been publishing TWIC since September 1994, reaching his 1 000th magazine in January 2014. What an achievement! Here is where to find the TWIC Home Page.

Another favourite page of mine is that of ChessBase. The page is updated daily when big tournaments are on, and their reports contain dozens of beautiful photos of the players and the venues. Click here to go to ChessBase.

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