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Please arrive at 19h15 to meet your opponent and set up the pieces, so that we can start all clocks at 19h30. If you are unable to play a particular round, please email the club or call Desmond (083-7888070) before 12 noon on Thursday.

The 2nd John Blackburn memorial swiss started on 30th July 2015, and we have already had some upsets! Sandile Xulu beat the SA under 16 champion and Cyril Danisa could only draw with Mayilan Chetty. I was also in big trouble versus Paul Curry, but escaped with a temporary piece sacrifice. Here are the results after round 1 and draft pairings for round 2 (revised).

Desmond has written a two-part review of the new chess themed movie The Dark Horse, for the ChessBase website. Read the review, then chat to him about his background research. We can all learn something from these New Zealanders.

The 2nd John Blackburn memorial swiss has just started and I have recently updated my page on the 7-times club champion. John's sister kindly donated a small suitcase labelled "chess games chronological" by John. It contained hundreds of games recorded in old-fashioned (often ambiguous) descriptive notation. Transcribing these has taken me many hours, partly because the games up to 1970 were written on a variety of scraps of paper, rather than in a proper score book - John didn't waste any paper! The following file contains Blackburn games from 1953 to 1972 (505 games/results). A second installment of Blackburn games from 1973 onwards will follow later in the year.

The club played an 8-round (2 rounds per evening) rapid tournament from 25th June to 16th July 2015, which was won by Keith Rust, ahead of Sean Arundel. Here are the final results.

Our new joint champions gave a simultaneous display on 11th June, but very few members pitched up to test their skills, so the lucky few got to play first against Cyril Danisa, then against Joseph Mwale. Before the games started veteran Solly Kharwa (aged 70) showed us some sleight of hand tricks, making a R5 coin appear and disappear, much to Cyril's bemusement! Solly was unable to confuse Cyril on the chess board, but managed to defeat Joseph, in one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Cyril Danisa giving simul, Solly Kharwa is on the left

DURBAN CHAMPIONSHIP 19th March to 4th June 2015
The annual club championships are now completed. Section A was closely contested, the eventual joint winners were Joseph Mwale and Cyril Danisa who each scored 5 points from 8 games. Here is the final cross table.

Sean Arundel scored 5 points from 6 games to win section B, with Henry Oliver in second place on 4 points. Here is the cross table - note that Craig Jooste completed 1 game before withdrawing due to a family bereavement, so his score is annulled.

Section C was a 9-round Swiss, here are the final results. Chad Millard was the clear winner with 7 points, followed by Mandla Mavundla and Jerry Zuma.

RAYMON PIETERSEN (1944 - 2015)
It is with sadness that we note the death of Ray Pietersen in the early hours of Friday 15th May. Ray joined the club in 1981 and played in almost all the club's tournaments. He was always a gentleman at the chessboard and will be missed by everybody at the club. Ray was a difficult opponent to defeat, and his last game was a draw in round 8 of the current club championships. His funeral was held on Thursday 21st May at the Presbyterian Church in Frere Road, Glenwood.

Ray Pietersen vs Cailin Chetty, round 2, KZN open 2013

KZN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 25th to 27th April 2015
Durban Chess Club once again organised the annual KZN Open Championship, from 25th to 27th April 2015. With over R15 000 in prize money we expected lots of entries, but our usual visitors from Johannesburg decided at the last minute to stay at home and play in the Orion series. We were also disappointed by the response from local players. The championships were contested in two sections, with section B restricted to junior players rated below 1400. A more detailed report, with some annotated games, appears on my KZN news blog.

Joseph Mwale won the A section
Michael Fu won the B section
Here are the final results:
A section results after round 8
B section results after round 8.

GAMES DOWNLOAD: 2015 KZN Open (62 games played on top boards).

SA JUNIOR CLOSED 3rd to 10th April 2015
Congratulations to Shivar Gopaulsingh, Cailin Chetty, Yadhav Noubouth, Eli-Jordan Govender, Mayilan Chetty, Khulekani Danisa, Chad Millard, Anele Danisa, Aaron Jude Naidu and Mayuri Chetty who were invited to this event in Pretoria. I was also invited as deputy chief arbiter.

PS. Well done Shivar, the new SA under 16 champion!

The club hosted a one day Open rapid tournament on Saturday, 7th March 2015 at Northlands Senior Primary in Durban North. The winner was Bongani Mgaga who scored 6 points from his 7 games. The key game was his round 6 win against 2nd placed Joseph Mwale. Also on 6 points, but placed 3rd on tie-break, was Petros Ntombela. I have placed a more detailed report with some games on my blog. Here are the final results.

This tournament is now completed. The clear winner was Joseph Mwale, who conceded just one draw (to Bongani Mgaga). Here are the final results after round 8.

GLENWOOD OPEN 28th February 2015
This annual rapid event was won by club member Joseph Mwale, with 6 points from 7 games.

On 5th February Eskom unexpectedly moved from stage 2 to stage 3 load shedding, after losing a staggering 36% of their capacity. With stage 2 load shedding, Umbilo had lights on Thursday evenings, but with stage 3 the Umbilo area was left without lights from about 6pm to 9pm. Round 4 of the Moss Kolnik had to be postponed as a result of the load shedding. Update: Ethekwini Municipality revised their load shedding schedule from April, so this problem should not re-occur, unless the schedule is changed again.

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: pairings and results for Blackburn swiss, movie review The Dark Horse, page for John Blackburn updated to include games from 1953 to 1972, results of June/July rapid, player profile Mwale, report on Simultaneous exhibition, final results of Club Championship, obituary Ray Pietersen, KZN open tournament (results and games), games added for St-John Brooks, selections for SA Junior Closed, Moss Kolnik swiss results, Fischer memorial rapid results, Glenwood open result, load shedding, stories for 2014 archived, calendar for 2015.
For previous news stories refer to my News from 2014 page, which contains links to previous news stories going back to 2004 at the bottom of the page.

Keith Rust.

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