DURBAN CHESS CLUB
(founded in August 1893)
"who teaches learns"
Last updated: 22nd July 2014
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JOHN BLACBURN MEMORIAL SWISS Keith Rust.
The John Blackburn Memorial Swiss starts this week, on Thursday 24th July. To enter, please send an email to Desmond Rooplal or myself.
MANDELA 67 MINUTES CHESS 19th and 20th JULY 2014
The KZN Chess Association organised this event to celebrate Mandela Day. Sandile Xulu wrote a beautiful report with photos for my new KZN chess blog.
NEW WEBSITE FOR KZN CHESS NEWS
I have just started a blog for KZN chess news. Reports so far include the eThekwini youth trials, and a look back at the Durban July and its connection to chess!
JUNE RAPID TOURNAMENT 19th JUNE to 10th JULY 2014
This event started on 19th June, and was won by Jason Subke. It was played at the rate of 2 games per week versus the same opponent, one with each colour. These are final results.
YOUTH DAY CHALLENGE 16th JUNE 2014
This rapid chess event was won by club member Shivar Gopaulsingh with 6½ points from 7 games. Here are the final results.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 13th MARCH to 29th MAY 2014
Keith Rust has won section A for the 24th time, ahead of Jason Subke, with Sayen Naidu and Desmond Rooplal tied for 3rd place. Section B was decided by the last game to be completed. Thabo Moeketsi defeated Rahul Beekrum with the Black pieces and is the winner of section B. In section C, Mayilan Chetty won a crucial postponed game versus his closest rival James Naidoo and was then a little bit lucky to draw with Yadhav Noubouth in his last game. In the end, Mayilan was a stunning 2 points clear of his rivals in section C. Finally, Rajendra Moodley was the top scorer in section D, ahead of Eli-Jordan Govender and Musa Sibeko.
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 have prepared a page on Churton's achievements. Eric was an extremely dangerous attacking player, capable of beating anybody in South Africa on his day. I recently spent time with his widow Stephanie and found out that Eric was also an accomplished magician as well as a computer programmer!
GAMES DOWNLOAD: games by Eric Churton (207 games/results).
KZN OPEN 26th to 28th APRIL 2014
The annual KZN open took place on the long weekend of 26th/28th April at Northlands Senior Primary. After 7 gruelling rounds we had an unprecedented 7-way tie for 1st place in section A. The trophy went to Bhekinkosi Mgobhozi, who had the best tie-break, scoring 2½ points from 4 games against the top players. Here are the detailed results for section A. Section B, for players under 18 and under 1300, was won by visiting player Anderson Nyathi, who scored a blistering 6½ points from 7 games. Here are the detailed results for section B.
GAMES DOWNLOAD: 2014 KZN Open (70 games played on top 10 boards).
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: John Blackburn Memorial starting, Mandela 67 minutes chess report, new KZN chess website started, results of June/July rapid, results of Youth Day challenge, final results for Club championships, page on Eric Churton with games file, revised page on club presidents, top games and results of KZN open, Churton obituary, revised odds and ends page, 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.