News and Results from 2007

South African Youth Team 2007

The annual World Youth Chess championships took place from the 17th to 29th November in Antalya, Turkey. Congratulations go to club members Yetish Ramsurrup (under 10 boys) and Trisha Reddy (under 10 girls) on being selected to play for South Africa. Yetish scored 5/11 and was the best placed South African in his age group, whilst Trisha scored 2½ points in her group.

Other KZN players selected for the South African team were Tasnim Amra (under 12 girls) and Cheshni Jeena (under 10 girls).

Third Swiss 2007

The Third Swiss tournament of the year has now finished.

Here are the detailed results.

Durban vs Bilbao 2007

An inter-continental schools match was held on Saturday 20th October 2007, with the Durban schools team based at UShaka Marine World facing off against a team from Bilbao, in Spain. The match was drawn 8-8, with club members Nashlen Govindasamy, Seshni Govindasamy, and Mondli Hadebe amongst the point scorers.

To read more about this event, in Desmond Rooplal's report for the ChessBase website, click here.

Second Swiss 2007

The Second Swiss tournament of the year has now finished.

Here are the detailed results.

Durban Open Swiss 2007

This open tournament took place at the Durban campus of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on Sunday 16th September. There was a small but strong field, and first place was eventually shared between Keith Rust and Pratish Ramsurrup on 5½ points (4 wins and 3 draws each).

Here are the detailed results.

UShaka Open Day 2007

An open tournament was held on Sunday 12th August 2007 at UShaka Marine World, to coincide with the visit of well-known chess teacher David MacEnulty to Durban. The Durban Metro Chess Academy whose chairperson is Bongani Mgaga (see Bongani's page) were one of the organisers of MacEnulty's visit to Durban.

To read about his visit in Desmond Rooplal's report on the ChessBase website click here.

There were 84 entries in the Open section, with a further 168 scholars competing in the adjacent Schools competition. Games were played at 20 minutes each, and after 6 rounds there was a triple tie for first place between Keith Rust, Pratish Ramsurrup and Cyril Danisa on 5½ points out of 6.

Here are the detailed results.

Durban Championships 2007

The annual club Championships is now complete, and Peter Dankelmann has claimed the Durban crown for a second time.

The Candidates section was decided by the last game to finish, with Humberto Hidalgo Henriquez running out the winner ahead of Ahdir Puran.

In the other sections:
Section C has been won by Paul Curry,
Section D has been won by Seshni Govindasamy,
Section E has been won by John Khan.

Congratulations to all the section winners. You can click on the hyperlinks above to get the detailed results.

For those interested in club history, cross tables of Championship tournaments from 1953 to 2006 are now on the website. Many thanks to John Blackburn for sharing his old Annual reports!

Mensa Chess Day 2007

The second Mensa chess day was held on Saturday 19th May 2007 at UShaka Marine World. The games were played at 15 minutes each, and Pratish Ramsurrup was a convincing winner with 6½ points out of 7.

Here are the detailed results.

KZN Unite Open 2007

The annual KZN championship Swiss finished with Cyril Danisa and Keith Rust tied on 7 points from 8 games, a point ahead of Julian Thorpe and Ryan Stephens on 6 points. The titles of Open and Closed Champion went to Cyril Danisa on tiebreak.

Here is the detailed tournament report by Peter Dankelmann, together with some photos by Shaun Savy.

Durban Open Swiss 2007

This open tournament took place at the Durban Chess Club on Sunday 11th March.

Here are the detailed results.

Ethekwini Open Swiss 2007

The first Open tournament of the year took place at Northlands over the weekend of 23rd to 25th February. A record field of 110 entries competed for the Ethekwini Motors trophy, and in the end there was a four way tie for 1st place on 6/7 between Keith Rust, Ari Hamalainen, McDonald Mabuya and Malizo Matyolo.

Here are the detailed results.

Moss Kolnik Memorial Swiss 2007

The first Swiss tournament of the year has now finished.

Here are the detailed results.

The winner Keith Rust obtained a full score, with an astonishing 2 point lead over the field. Here is an interesting game played in round 7. Ashley's piece sacrifice had to be followed up with 24.Nd4 with good compensation:

[Event "Moss Kolnik Swiss"] [Site "Durban"] [Date "2007.03.02"] [Round "7"] [White "Lewis, Ashley"] [Black "Mgaga, Bongani"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bg3 Ne4 6.Nbd2 Nxg3 7.hxg3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.Ne5 c6 10.g4 g6 11.g5 Bxe5 12.dxe5 Nd7 13.Nf3 Qc7 14.Qd2 c5 15.Qc3 a6 16.0-0-0 b5 17.e4 b4 18.Qd2 Qa5 19.Kb1 c4 20.exd5 cxd3 21.dxe6 dxc2+ 22.Qxc2 Nc5 23.exf7+ Kxf7 24.Qc4+ Be6 25.Qf4+ Bf5+ 26.Kc1 b3 27.Rd5 bxa2 28.e6+ Ke8 29.Rxf5 a1Q+ 30.Kc2 Q1a4+ 31.Qxa4+ Qxa4+ 32.Kb1 gxf5 0-1

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