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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.

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 he will be missed by all of the club regulars. 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.

The annual club championships started on 19th March 2015 and is rapidly drawing to a close. Section C has been completed and section B will be completed on 28th May, with section A continuing to 4th June, because of postponed games.

For section A pairings are Rooplal-Rust, and Naidu-Moeketsi. Here is the cross table with 6 games to finish.

For section B the pairings on 28th May are Chetty-Curry. All other players have completed their games. Sean Arundel scored 5 points from his 6 games and has won section B, with Henry Oliver in second place with 4 points. Here is the cross table with 1 game to finish.

Section C was contested using the Swiss system. Here are the final results. Chad Millard was the clear winner with 7 points, followed by Mandla Mavundla and Jerry Zuma.

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 lost 36% of their capacity and moved from stage 2 to stage 3 load shedding. With stage 2 load shedding Umbilo has 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. The club will purchase some emergency lighting and we appeal to members to bring an emergency lantern with them on Thursday evenings. We need about 8 to 10 lanterns to light the playing area.

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: Club Championship (results, pairings and tables), 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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