(1955 - )

Peter Abbott (in black) at the 2009 Sydney Open

The 1978 South African Open was held in Durban, and also served to decide the Natal Closed championship for that year. Top placed Natal player was Peter Abbott, who scored 8½ points from 11 games. Peter was also the top placed South African player in the event, which was won by Scottish IM Craig Pritchett on 10/11 followed by Argentinian IM Raul Sanguineti on 9½ points. Apart from an early loss to Pritchett, Peter was undefeated, and finished the tournament strongly with wins over Barlow, Aalbersberg and Price in the last three rounds.

His sole outing in the club championship was in 1978, where he scored 6/9 and finished second behind Andrei Agnew. Peter was a strong blitz player, and regularly reached the finals of the club's blitz tournaments.

Peter emigrated to South Africa from the UK during 1976, and was employed in Durban as a bank official. During 1979 he moved to Johannesburg for business reasons and held a number of senior roles with Standard Bank. He moved to Australia in 1998 ultimately becoming Executive General Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

After a long break, Peter started playing chess again in 2007, coinciding with his deciding to leave the workforce. He plays for the Norths Chess Club in Sydney and is active in local tournaments. His FIDE rating has risen from 1864 in mid-2008 to 1934 in mid-2009.


This was Peter's last round game against Eddie Price:

[Event "SA Open"] [Site "Durban"] [Date "1978.??.??"] [Round "11"] [White "Abbott, Peter"] [Black "Price, Eddie"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1940"] [BlackElo "1965"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Nd2 c5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Bg2 b6 8.0-0 Bb7 9.b3 Qc7 10.Bb2 e5 11.e3 0-0-0? 12.a3 a5 13.Qc2 Kb8 14.Ng5 d6 15.Rfd1 h6 16.Nge4 Nd7 17.Nc3 Qc8 18.Nde4 Nf6 19.Nxf6 gxf6 20.Nd5 h5 21.Bc3 h4? 22.b4 axb4 23.axb4 Nxb4 24.Bxb4 Bxb4 25.Nxb4 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Rdg8 27.Qe4 d5 28.Qxd5 Qh3+ 29.Kxh3 hxg3+ 30.Kg2 1-0

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