DURBAN CHESS CLUB
(founded in August 1893)
"who teaches learns"
Last updated: 23rd April 2014
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KZN OPEN ENTRY FORM Keith Rust.
The annual KZN open takes place on the long weekend of 26th/28th April at Northlands Senior Primary. Club members will pay a reduced entry fee for section A and can now download the entry form or you can enter online.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS (week 7) 24th APRIL 2014
These are the standard Berger tables in case you want to see in advance who you are playing each round. These are the pairings for 24th April in section A, section B, section C and section D. These are the results so far in section D.
Here is a list of postponed games in sections A B C. Please advise me of any errors or ommissions.
ERIC CHURTON (1939 - 2011)
Somehow the writer missed reporting this event in 2011, for which I apologise. Eric was the president of the club when I joined it forty years ago, and I am preparing a page on his achievements. Eric was rated in the 1900's and was an extremely dangerous attacking player, capable of beating anybody in South Africa on his day. I recently spent an afternoon with his widow and found out that Eric was also an accomplished magician, a painter and a computer programmer. More to follow.
ETHEKWINI OPEN 21st to 23rd MARCH 2014
Visiting IM Rodwell Makoto won this event with a perfect score. It was instructive to watch the master at work. As he said at the prizegiving, he didn't have any easy games. It was a shame that Durban's Sayen Naidu failed to draw in round 7 and put a dent in the perfect score. This was the position where Sayen started to go astray, in a drawish looking Rook ending. These are the final results. The top placed local player was Bhekinkosi Mgobhozi, who played a very nice combination, to finish off his 6th round game.
FISCHER MEMORIAL RAPID 9th MARCH 2014
This event saw a three-way tie for 1st place between Keith Rust, Mbongeni Sithole and Mndeni Njapha, all on 6 points from 7 games. Here are the final results. The following position, showing sacrificial mayhem, is from Mbongeni's 6th round game, versus top seed Joseph Mwale. Count the material, and then see if you can work out White's next move!
BLITZ TOURNAMENT 6th MARCH 2014
The club's first rated blitz event was held over 9 rounds this week. It was won by Mbongeni Sithole with Keith Rust in 2nd place. Here are the final results.
MOSS KOLNIK MEMORIAL SWISS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014
Our first tournament of the year was won by Keith Rust with 7/8 followed by Sayen Naidu and then Cyril Danisa. Here are the final results after round 8.
In 5th place was Jerry Zuma on 5 points, who has shown lots of improvement since last year. Jerry scored a big upset in round 2 when he defeated club champion Bongani Mgaga, with a Nxf7 piece sacrifice smashing the champion's defences. Jerry came close to another upset in the last round vs Cyril Danisa, winning a piece for 2 pawns, but his endgame technique was not good enough.
Another near miss was seen on board 2 in round 2, when Jason Subke played what he thought was a temporary Queen sacrifice against young Cailin Chetty. There was a hole in his calculations, which Cailin also missed!
Round 4 saw a very interesting game between Kavidhen Kander and our club president. Desmond sacrificed a piece early in the game and had young Kavidhen tied in knots. Somehow he escaped and got 2 Rooks and a Knight versus a Queen, winning the game with just seconds to spare! I also had an interesting game against my perennial opponent Cyril Danisa. This time my pawn sacrifice was probably unsound, but Danisa overlooked a beautiful decoy sacrifice.
GLENWOOD OPEN 15th FEBRUARY 2014
The 2014 edition of this annual rapid event was won by club member Sayen Naidu, with 6½ points from 7 games.
JOHN BLACKBURN (1933 - 2014)
I report with sadness that John Blackburn passed away on the evening of 4th February at Entabeni Hospital and his funeral service took place on 10th February at Saint Cyprians Church. John was a member of the club for over 60 years and a 7-times club champion. For almost 3 decades John and his great rivals Moss Kolnik and Gerald Boulle dominated the Durban chess scene, winning the title 25 times between them.
QUIZ - WHAT IS YOUR CHESS PERSONALITY?
I recently came across this amusing chess personality quiz. Apparently I'm a Romantic with a playing style similar to GM Vassily Ivanchuk!
NASHLEN STARS IN SA CLOSED B SECTION JANUARY 2014
The SA Closed chess championships have just been completed in Cape Town. Our highest rated player, Nashlen Govindasamy, did the club proud by tying for first place in the B section with 9/11. His game with tournament leader Michael James on Friday night saw both players miss their chances and ended in a draw. His opponent was lucky to survive his next 2 games as well, so took a short draw in the last round, knowing that he was ahead of Nashlen on tiebreak, even if Nashlen won his last round game (which he duly did). For more have a look at the tournament website.
DURBAN AND KWA-ZULU NATAL CHAMPIONS:
A full list of Durban Champions and Kwa-Zulu Natal Champions is included here. These pages highlight the achievements of some of those players, as well as paying tribute to a number of players I have met over the board in Durban. Detailed cross tables are available from 1953 for the Durban championship, and for most years for the Kwa-Zulu Natal championship.
This page includes the games from the 1969, 1971 and 1972 Natal Opens, as well as games from the 1978, 1993, 1995 and 1996 South African Opens held in Durban - some 3,300 games in total. A special collection is all of the games (over 1,200) published in the Durban Chess Club Bulletin from 1973 to 1996.
Recent updates: entry form for KZN open, pairings for Club championships, Churton obituary, added photo of Miller, update to page on Borders, report on Ethekwini open, report on Fischer memorial rapid, results of Blitz event, Blackburn obituary, added page on Bentham, final Moss Kolnik 2014 report with games, Nashlen stars at SA Closed, calendar for 2014 published, reformatted Durban champions page, reformatted 2013 results to save space, stories for 2013 archived.
For previous news stories refer to my News from 2013 page, which contains links to previous news stories going back to 2004 at the bottom of the page.