The 1976 Durban champion was Dennis Rogers, who was 18 years old
at the time, slightly older than David Walker was when he won the
title for the first time in 1972. Dennis won clearly with 7/9,
losing only to Santos and to Churton.
Dennis was educated at Brettenwood High School, which dominated schools chess in the early 1970's, with strong players such as Orlando Santos, Arnold Muscat, Steven Strooh and Michael Cziczkat. Dennis was an extremely active player from 1974 to 1976. His fondness for openings involving the fianchetto of his Queens Bishop and quick play took everyone by surprise in 1976. However, Dennis was unable to defend his title in 1977, finishing last on 2½ points, and soon thereafter gave up playing chess.
Dennis travelled to Johannesburg in May 1976, where he played this
game against South Africa's then top player, David Friedgood: