Monday, March 11, 2013

CWP High Performance Training

In the Western Cape one of the dreaded things by the stronger players in tournaments is meeting some of these youths over the board. Most of them are actually much stronger than what their rating suggests.

As an initiative to set a new standard of approach to youth Chess the Youth Director for Chess Western Province Mr Deon Solomon introduced High Performance Training after a successful transition of the Portfolio from outgoing Directors Mr Andrew Fisher and Mr Roland Willenberg.

The duo of Andrew and Roland strategy was to spread wide the dissemination of chess amongst the youth. Thus we saw the biggest participating teams in the 2012 Junior Championships coming from the Cape. This was indeed what we needed to develop chess for the future and was the correct strategy.

The approach Deon is taking is to continue with that while concurrently consolidating what we have achieved. So utilizing resident Masters a program has been started to prepare our youths for international competition. I attended one I the sessions with International Master Watu Kobese and had a lot of fun in that session.

So captivating all that was successful in the previous year and now adding this new training regimen to all qualifiers of the closed tournament a new plateau is being set for greater achievements in the continuing Chess Revolution launched in March 2012 by MEC Dr Ivan Meyer.

All the best to the youth in this program and I hope one day we can drive such a program national.

R. Salimu

Friday, March 1, 2013

Rhodes High- Another Success Story

In April 2012 Mr Warren Rossiter referred the Principal of Rhodes High to African Chess Lounge to get directions on how to start a chess club at the school.

We provided sets and coaching and working with Mr Maurice Lipshitz teacher in charge of Chess and Mrs Rhona Elixer the Deputy head we started with 5 students and now the Club boasts of close to 30 competing students of which one Deon Goredema has excelled to the extent of representing the Western Province in the under 16 Category.

As a result of the excitement and benefits experienced by the participants and administrators today they announced they will be embarking on a program to teach everyone at the school how to play chess. By taking the existing players who match a class themselves they will start a program where the chess players spend a session teaching everyone how to play chess!

So in one session they will have 30 people playing chess. I look forward to monitoring the results of this particular project!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Turfhall Primary: Phenomenal Chess Growth

In April 2012 Turfhall hosted a tournament for Chess Trials for schools and was at the same time inspired to open it's own chess club.

After seeking assistance from Chess Western Province with the direction from Mr Abdul Barday, the teacher in charge of Chess Miss Sene Van Heerden contacted me to assist in setting up a club at the school.

This is when I understood for the first time that my new name was Uncle! This is a respective way of the cape it seems to call your elderly males.

Anywhere we started with six players at the time and it slowly grew. It's amazing to see the support the sport drew from both parents and teachers.

To date in less than 12 months we have over 30 students in the club and its continuing to grow.

I would like to congratulate Turfhall for its initiative.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chess growth in the Western Cape

Over the years with efforts from many people Chess has been growing in the Cape.

I just thought I would publish something brief on this phenomena. It became quite apparent to me as I had three invitations today to completely different chess activities.

There was a schools trials with a lot of kids battling it out, there was a group in Gugulethu playing and planning to Open a club and lastly I had an invitation from Steinitz chess club undoubtedly the most professional club in the country to attend their match against Alekhine Chess Club all the way from the eastern Cape. I was there for the firs match in which Steinitz triumphed with a score of 9-4, well done to them.

My realization in all this was that the Revolution that the MEC for Sports and Culture Dr Ivan Meyer launched March 2011 is now being realized in the Western Cape.

Chess Development Officer
Western Cape
Reuben Salimu

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MRL Paradigm 2012

I am not a fan of chess variants usually because I struggle to master the one form I know. However it was with absolute pleasure this past week that I got introduced to the MRL Paradigm concept by Lourenzo Van Niekerk. 

Don't worry about the mechanics of how for now but what Lourenzo has created is quite unique and does not introduce some sort of luck intot the game. In all the tries I have done the stronger player should always win. There is one test I have not done and will do a follow up article once I am through with it. I had a lot of fun checking out the positions and considering the possibilities.

Lourenzo launched maiden event of the MRL Paradigm last year and is determined to keep the culture by continuing with a bigger and better one this year with all the participants in the event rated over 2000. It will be held in the Primi Piazza in Century city on the 27th and 28th of October.

I would like to put the positions which will comprise the MRL paradigm chess variant and get your feedback on them and what you think?

I look forward to your feedback.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Launching online Qualifications for the TV Show

African Chess Lounge has opened the qualifier to their TV show and anyone in Africa can register to take part on under registration.

Qualification Procedure
Registration will give the participant four chances to play in a 9 round swiss game online.
The first two qualifiers will be our contestants on the live show, playing 2 Armageddon games live.

The Prizes
This is an exciting venture for us and we have quite a few legs that the competition links too.
The first leg and the biggest prize:
Weekly, we will draw a winner which will eventually make up the Final Armageddon Eight who will fight for the ultimate prize…an international tournament, all expenses paid including accommodation!

The two qualifiers will stand a chance through their efforts to win other prizes from the show sponsors. So no one walks away empty handed!

The second leg of the drive:
Online qualifiers have the fun of fighting for the following prizes too.
1st Prize R500
2nd Prize R400
3rd Prize R300
4th Prize R200
5th Prize R100

Aims of the TV Show
African Chess Lounge, as its main objective and steering, would like to create awareness and spin-off interests in the Game of Chess. Viewers will be entertained through speed chess, a fast paced production with intense fighting in the qualification rounds. Time is always a factor in chess… so expect a lot of upsets an ‘edge of your seat” moments.

The overall objective of the TV is to elevate the game of chess to the greater South African youth by using this medium to teach young children how to play the game of chess. Chess as a sport has been historically linked to the great minds in Mathematics, Analytics, Strategic thinking and much more. The inclusion of a mental sport to enhance the mathematical and numerical competencies of young minds with the technological advancements of media and communication is a natural progression for the sport. We will use the digital and communication platforms to increase awareness, reach and educate the population of South Africans who are looking toward international organisations for their guidance… we aim to bring them home and create a message of trust in abilities of fellow South Africans an in so doing, create South African Hero’s.

Donation to Youth Chess
On a developmental perspective African Chess Lounge will be injecting 20% of all registration fees towards development in Youth Chess via the various Unions under the Chessa blanket. When participants register they have a choice of Union that will benefit from this donation and support.

If this does not make you want to swap your Pawns for Kings,  go to and check it out!

Ethnology Marketing and Communications
N Russon
PR and Marketing

Monday, June 25, 2012

SA Open 2012

 If the history of South Africa is in large part one of increasing racial divisiveness, today it can also be seen as the story of – eventually – a journey through massive obstacles towards the creation, from tremendous diversity, of a single nation whose dream of unity and common purpose is now capable of realisation. 

     This is the background on which the anual South African Open championship is held. 

     This year this illustrious event is being held in Cape Town, one of the most magnificent, aesthetic and wonderfulcity     in the world, home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Table Mountain. 

The Cape Winelands

 They have 3 confirmed Grandmasters in the SA Open! They are in particular pleased to have GM Ahmed Adly joining them: he is one of Africa's strongest players and is the winner of both the African Junior and Senior titles.

GM Ahmed Adly

The event is being Organised by Chess Western Province under the auspices of Chess South Africa

Chess South Africa and Chess Western Province cordially invites all chess players to participate in the
2012 South African Open Chess Championships.

Championships will commence on Friday 29th June 2012 and will conclude on Sunday 8 th July 2012.
The Championships will be hosted at the Newlands Stadium Convention Centre in the City of Cape
Town in Western Province, South Africa
All players wishing to enter the tournament must do so online via the official CHESSA tournament
Entries officially close on 27th of June 2012 and acceptance of entries after this date will be subject to the
discretion of the tournament organisers.
Late entries will be considered up until 17.00 on Friday 29th June but must be accompanied by full
payment and will be subject to a late entry penalty of R100 for all sections. A table for late registrations
will be available at the playing venue between 14.00 and 17.00 on Friday 29th June. Players who have
not entered and paid before 17.00 on Friday 24 th June will miss the first round.

Tournament Schedule
The schedule for the tournament is as follows:
Date Activities
Friday 29th June
14.00 Late entry stand opens
17.00 Tournament entries close (no exceptions!)
17.45 Draw for round 1 posted
18.15 Players arrive to be seated for opening ceremony
18.30 Round 1
Saturday 30th June
08.30 Round 2
Sunday 1st July
09.30 Round 3
18.30 Round 4
Monday 2nd July
18.30 Round 5
Tuesday 3rd July
18.30 Round 6
Wednesday 4th July
14.00 – 17:00 SA Open Blitz (7 Round Swiss)
18.30 Round 7
Thursday 5th July
18.30 Round 8
Friday 6th July
18.30 Round 9
Saturday 7th July
15.00 Round 10
Sunday 8th July
10.00 Round 11
16.00 Prize giving

Transportation and Accommodation
Transportation options (airport shuttles and local transportation) and accommodation suggestions
(including hotels and in-house stays with fellow players) will be detailed on the official tournament
website in due course.

All questions relating to the tournament should be directed via e-mail to or,
if urgent, to Mr Eldo Smart at +27 (0) 84 300 0728.

By Reuben Salimu