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KZN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 25th to 27th April 2015
Durban Chess Club is pleased to announce that the annual KZN Open Championship organised by the club will take place from 25th to 27th April 2015. With over R15 000 in prize money this is an event to diarise! The championships will be contested in two sections, with section B restricted to junior players rated below 1400. Further information can be found in the entry form for the 2015 KZN open (pdf). Alternatively, here is a link to the online entry form.

The annual club championships started on 19th March 2015. Sections A and B are being played on a round-robin basis. For section A pairings are Mgaga-Naidu, Subke-Rooplal, Rust-Mwale, Moeketsi-Chetty, and Danisa has the bye. For section B pairings are Bentham-Arundel, Chetty-Curry, Podmore-Oliver. Jooste has withdrawn, so Govender has the bye. Section C is being paired using the Swiss system. Here are the draft pairings for round 5, and the cumulative results after round 4.

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.

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 have been invited to this event in Pretoria. I will be there as deputy chief arbiter. There will be no play in section C on Thursday 9th April as a result. Sections A and B will continue as normal (with some postponed games).

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, games added for Huxley St-John Brooks, KZN open announcement, selections for SA Junior Closed, Moss Kolnik 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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