(1958 - )

Andrei Agnew at the 1978 SA Open

Andrei Agnew, then a 20 year old varsity student, won the 1978 Durban championship. Andrei was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and immigrated to South Africa in 1968. After completing his schooling at Queensburgh High School, Andrei entered the University of Natal as a Bachelor of Arts student. We played a lot of bridge and chess together whilst at varsity!

Andrei first played in the Championship section in 1976, finishing 9th with 2½ points. He improved substantially in 1977 by coming joint 2nd with 6 out of 9. He was unbeaten in the 1978 event (4 wins, 5 draws) with 6½ points, but was unsuccessful in defending his title in the 1979 championship, ending with just 3½ points.

Andrei returned to his native New Zealand at the beginning of 1980, and is now an attorney in Hawkes Bay. He is also well known as an expert on contract bridge, having written a book in 2004 called "The Symmetric Relay Contract Bridge Bidding System Made Easy".


[Event "Candidates"] [Site "Durban"] [Date "1975.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Agnew, Andrei"] [Black "Barrett, Len Q"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 $2 6.e5 Ng4 7.e6 $1 fxe6 8.Ng5 {threatening Nxe6 wins Queen} 8...Ndf6 9.Bd3 e5 $2 (9...0-0 {was better}) 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nxh7 Nxh7 $4 12.Bxg6+ 1-0 [Event "Twins Open"] [Site "Johannesburg"] [Date "1978.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Agnew, Andrei"] [Black "O'Sullivan, Michael"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1900"] [BlackElo "2075"] 1.d4 c5 2.Nf3 cxd4 3.Nxd4 e5 4.Nb3 Nc6 5.e4 d6 6.c4 f5 7.exf5 Bxf5 8.Nc3 $2 {loses the exchange} 8...Nb4 9.Be2 Nc2+ 10.Kf1 Nxa1 11.Nxa1 Nf6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Bh5+ g6 15.Bf3 Qd7 16.Nc2 0-0 17.Ne3 Rac8 18.h4 Rce8 19.Ne4 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Kg7 21.Qd3 Bd8 22.Nd5 Bb6 23.f3 Qg4 24.Rh3 Bd4 25.b3 Rf4 $2 {time trouble} 26.h5 Ref8 27.Nxf4 Qxf4 28.hxg6 Qc1+ 29.Ke2 h6 $2 30.Qd2 Qxd2+ 31.Kxd2 b6 32.g4 Rh8 33.Rh5 a6 34.g5 hxg5 35.Rh7+ Rxh7 36.gxh7 a5 37.Ke2 Bc5 38.Kf1 Be3 39.Kg2 g4 40.fxg4 Bg5 41.Kf3 {Adjourned here - White has a won game as his Bishop on e4 stops Black freeing himself with ...e4} 41...Bf6 42.Ke2 Bh4 43.Kd3 Bf2 44.Kc2 Bd4 45.Kd3 Bc5 46.g5 Kh8 47.g6 Kg7 48.Ke2 Ba3 49.Kf3 Bc1 50.Kg4 Bd2 51.Kf5 Bf4 (51...Be3 52.Ke6 Bc5 $2 53.h8Q+ $1 Kxh8 54.Kf7 {wins}) 52.Ke6 Be3 53.Kxd6 1-0

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