Border Teams Announced see above

The 3rd primary school trials were held over the weekend of  14th March.

The top 10 places in the A sections were as follows:

We would like to thank each and every parent, teacher and player who has been apart of the last 5 weeks. We could not have done this without any of you. We will be taking a break from Chess for a few weeks, hopefully we will be back in full swing by the 18th April. We hope that all will be back to normal.

 

 

Please note that the full results can be viewed in the results tab:

U10A and U12A

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Res.

1

4

Botha Tyler

1050

RSA

5

0

2

7

Mclaren Ryelee

881

RSA

4

0

3

19

Mazikana Ethan

994

RSA

4

0

4

18

Sokupe Kamvelihle

0

RSA

3

0

5

1

Toich Joshua

1070

RSA

3

0

6

3

Mdingi Limnandi

1054

RSA

3

0

7

2

August Siyolise

1066

RSA

3

0

8

8

Mrwetyana Alikho

843

RSA

3

0

9

6

Schutte Adrian

964

RSA

½

10

5

Voyi Thando

976

RSA

½

 

 

U14A

1

1

Sibanda Takudzwana

1259

RSA

5

0

2

2

Chang Samuel

1168

RSA

4

0

3

3

Bixa Tshegofatso

1098

RSA

0

4

12

Pretorius Esna

854

RSA

0

5

4

Pearson Dane

1048

RSA

3

0

6

6

Dove Megan

991

RSA

3

0

7

5

Gopakumar Nikhil

1019

RSA

3

0

8

8

Beshe Akhanye

964

RSA

3

0

9

17

Bacharam Bivesh

646

RSA

½

10

9

Mbilase Unakho

919

RSA

½

 

The second High school trials were held over the weekend of  7th March.

The top 10 places in the A sections were as follows:

 

U16A

 

1

3

Ndlebe Anda

1317

RSA

½

2

1

Meise Keagen

1519

RSA

½

3

4

Becker Robyn

1302

RSA

4

0

4

2

Becker Matthew

1350

RSA

4

0

5

5

Sibanda Takudzwana

1259

RSA

0

6

8

Qangule Mandibonge

1123

RSA

0

7

21

Sisilana Milani

725

RSA

0

8

11

Troskie Kyle

991

RSA

0

9

12

Jacobs Elsje

980

RSA

0

10

17

Govender Chaneeka

778

RSA

3

0

 

U18 and U20A

1

1

Qangule Lithitha

1416

RSA

5

0

2

2

Labuschagne Conrad

1230

RSA

4

0

3

4

Ou Jing-Qian

1154

RSA

4

0

4

5

Puttergill Bradley

1111

RSA

3

0

5

10

Vutuza Luthando

897

RSA

3

0

6

9

Boucher Juwauane

901

RSA

3

0

7

3

Pretorius Hendrik

1208

RSA

3

0

8

11

Dilima Anani

893

RSA

½

9

8

Zill Jayden

962

RSA

½

10

6

Vengadajellum Caile

1110

RSA

2

0

 

 

The second primary school trials were held over the weekend of  29th February.

The top 10 places in the A sections were as follows:

U12A

 

 

1

3

Toich Joshua

1009

RSA

0

2

5

Schutte Adrian

855

RSA

4

0

3

4

Beecum Viha

910

RSA

0

4

8

Mclaren Ryelee

830

RSA

0

5

10

Slater James

758

RSA

3

1

6

15

Voyi Thando

926

RSA

3

0

7

1

Botha Tyler

1050

RSA

0

8

2

Driffield Gary

1036

RSA

0

9

14

Mdingi Limnandi

1035

RSA

2

0

10

11

Simpson Keegan

672

RSA

2

0

 

U14A

 

 

1

1

Lin Ali

1421

RSA

5

0

2

2

Chang Samuel

1168

RSA

4

0

3

11

Pretorius Esna

854

RSA

0

4

6

Pearson Ethan

951

RSA

0

5

10

Kumar Amita

885

RSA

3

0

6

5

Gopakumar Nikhil

1021

RSA

3

0

7

12

Isaacs Mikael

822

RSA

3

0

8

9

Wilson Juan-Jacques

889

RSA

3

0

9

7

Ndumndum Lelami

927

RSA

3

0

10

13

Voyi Onesimo

794

RSA

0

 

 

The first High school trials were held over the weekend of 22nd February. With 101 players taking part the competition was fierce especially in the highly contested U16 devision:

The top 10 places in the A section were as follows:

 U16A

1 Sparg Nathan 1490 RSA 4½ 

2 Totose Zimi 1467 RSA 4½

3 Lin Ali 1347 RSA 4

4 Chang Sebastian 1346 RSA 4

5 Becker Matthew 1350 RSA 3½

6 Ndlebe Anda 1319 RSA 3½ 

7 Qangule Mandibonge 1127 RSA 3½

8 Wang Pei-Shan 1481 RSA 3

9 Sibanda Takudzwana 1259 RSA 3 

10 Becker Robyn 1320 RSA 3 0

U18/U20A

1 Xongwana Sahlulelo 1404 RSA 5

2 Qangule Lithitha 1414 RSA 4

3 Labuschagne Conrad 1226 RSA 4

4 Ou Jing-Qian 1148 RSA 4 

5 Cloete Dylan 752 RSA 3 

6 Subboo Kiaan 891 RSA 3 

7 Bacharam Nishalin 1240 RSA 3 

8 Hibbers Loic 791 RSA 3 

9 Bontshi Milani 1084 RSA 2½ 

10 Gxoyiya Lonwabo 1018 RSA 2½ 

 

 

A very successful first primary school trails were held over the weekend of 15th February:

Congratulations to all that took part:

The top 5 winners in the A sections were as follows:

Please note that the full results can be viewed in the results tab:

U14 A

1 Ali Lin

2 Takudzwane Sibanda

3 Dane Pearson

4 Lelami Ndumndum

5 Samual Chang

U12 A

1 Joshua Toich

2 Gary Driffield

3 Viha Beecum

4 Aldre Deang

5 Ryelee Mclaren

 

Congratulations to our U14 team on winning the South African Team championship and taking no fewer that 7 Board prizes. An incredible achievement.

Congratulations to out U18 team for placing 3rd in the South African Team championship and to Lithitha Qangule for a board prize on board 1.

Congratulations to Sabastian Chang on winning the u14 South African Wildcard championship: A huge effort and we are extremely proud of your achievement.

Which are the top schools for Chess in East London?

 

The tables below show the Border selections per school for the Border area: A special mention needs to go to Stirling and Clarendon Primary for the work being done in Chess at a junior level:

 

 

Primary school selections:

Stirling Primary 9
Clarendon Primary 8
Selborne Primary 6
Gonubie Primary 5
Grens Primary 4
Hudson park Primary 4
KHS Primary 4
Nahoon Primary 2
Althorpe Primary 1
Cambridge Primary 1
De Vos Malan 1
Hangklip Primary 1
Merrifield Primary 1
Nonthombi Mata Primary 1
Voorpos Primary 1
Yellowwoods Prep 1

 High School Selections:

 

 

Stirling High School 7
Hudson Park High School 6
Selborne High School 5
Umtata High School 4
Clarendon High School 3
Cambridge High School 3
Grens High School 3
Queenstown Girls High School 2
Wesbank Senior Secondary School 2
De Vos Malan 1
George Randell High 1
Hangklip High School 1
Merrifield High School 1

 

 

 

Old News

 

 

JUNIOR_INTERNATIONAL_SELECTIONS  

Presidents Feedback

Congratulations to the following who took part in the SAJCCC 2018 1st April 2018 to 7th April 2018.

Aldre Deang (U8 Boys) Samual Chang (U8 Boys) Esna Pretorius (U10 Girls) Tshegofatso Bixa (U10 Girls) Thimna August (U12 Girls) Pei-Shan Wang (U12 Girls) Mandibonge Qangule (U12 Girls) Keagen Meise (U12 Boys) Robyn Becker (U14 Girls) Alman Deang (U14 Boys) Lithitha Qangule (U16 Girls)

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The following have qualified to represent South Africa:

Samual Chang (U8 Boys)

Pei-Shan Wang (U12 Girls)

Keagen Meise (U12 Boys)

Robyn Becker (U14 Girls) 

Lithitha Qangule (U16 Girls)

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Chess SA_SAJCCC 2018 Event Brochure.pdf

SAJCC 2018 Feedback

The South African Junior Chess Championships took place from the 16th December 2018 and ended on the 24th December 2018. We had 105 Players (along with 15 managers/coaches)  representing our region from U10 to U20 and even 5 adults from 21Dec-24Dec)

 Each age groups had divisions with A division being the best of the best and E being the entry level.

Our U12 Girls received Bronze medal in the A division (Amita Kumar, Tshegofatso Bixa, Akhanye Beshe, Anisha Jikijela, Megan Dove and Esna Mari Pretorius

Special mention to our U14A and U12A that also competed in the A division and thus rank in the top 8 in the country out of 40+ teams.

We also had 4 board prizes which are based on individual performance on their respective boards compared to those from other provinces:

Matthew Becker (U14 A Division – big well done as the A division has the best of the best)

Chang Samuel and Driffield Gary (U10 B division- two champions of the future)

Totose Zimi (U14 E section- big improvement made throughout the year)

A Special thanks to Hamilton club that provide us with a venue where they players can practice all year long, without them our teams wouldn’t be so competitive at national level. (Please mention this- as without a venue there is no chess activity that can take place)

We are going to receive the names of players selected to represent our region at the SA Junior Closed in March to fight for their SA colours. Last year we had 5 players selected. Wil send through the names as soon as they are published and finalized by Chess SA. After the team events (Which ended 20 December 2018) there took place the individual events where players could qualify for the closed. Some that qualified already played in another team event with the adults (21 December-24 December 2018). We had an A team made up of adults (Jesse February, Ashley Vermaak, Christian Hoole, Sinovuyo Racaza and Zane Pape) and a B team made up of our Juniors that had already qualified for the closed (Lithitha Qangule, Nathan Sparg, Robyn Becker and Pei-Shan Wang)

 

06 November

BUFFALO CITY JNR CLOSED

Congratulations to Keagen Meise on a brilliant performance , winning the Buffalo City Jnr Closed with a score of 9.5 from 11 games.

 

 

2nd place went to Wazeerud-Deen Adams with 8 points and 3rd place to Tyler Rosso wth 7.5 points.

4th place to Phumelelani Mshumi with 7 points while studying for his matric exams.

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 03 October2017

2018 SA Junior Closed Championships

The provisional list of qualifiers has been finalised:

Cogratulations to the following Buffalo City players:

August, S (Siyolise)  u8 Girls

Bixa, T (Tshegofatso)  u10 Girls

 August, T (Thimna)   u12 Girls

Becker, R (Robyn)   u14 Girls

Rampersad, T (Trisha)    u20 Girls

Click here to view Full list

 PE Chess Club Open

 Congratulations to Kulasande Mafanya (Buffalo City) on winning the PE Chess Club Open:

  Buffalo City Closed

Congratulations to Ashley Vermaak on winning the Buffalo City Closed:

Results

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 1st September 2017

Congartulations to the following players on being selected to take part in the Buffalo City Closed:

Mafanya (1896) , Vermaak (1773) , Thantamiso (1494) , Racaza (1404) , Gugu (1318) Deang (1230) , Becker (950) , Xongwana (944) , Wang (761) , Izebuna (Unrated)

 Fixture List

 BC Chess Mid-year report

Dear,

Chess Players, Chess Parents, Teachers and all stakeholders

Good day chess friends, below is a short report of our year thus far.

 

Firstly, it has been a year of teething problems for Lene, Barbara and a few others that's helped

when they could as well as for myself. The administration side of things has been spear headed

almost entirely by Lene and she has done a terrific job to create systems and procedures over the

last few months and Border Chess will either use them, or I will use them. From my side it was

always simple, more chess in our region can bring us on par with Cape Towrn and Gauteng etc. Not

everyone has embraced it, but those that have, are certainly set to reap the rewards. For me it's not

just about wanting to focus on those selected for border, ifs about everyone, otherwise what's the

point? 2018 will begin and all those unselected players are back at square one. This would be an

unfortunate situation. For our border players, we selected each one of you based on your

performance in the trials, now the job from my side is to ensure you go to the SA champs and bring

back awards.

Secondly, the events we have had have all been very good, very well supported generally cornpared

to other regions, and this is a good sign. Our kids have been in competition with adults and players

that they normally would never compete against, and it's been a tough experience for them.

Normally they used to compete in their own shells {even as far back to when I was a border player

from 1999-2007). So yes, it's tough its bruising but then going on to compete at national level, our

players will he readier and battle hardened than they would have been. So, this set up for me at

least, was essential and regardless in what capacity I serve chess in this region, l will advocate it. Our

players are certainly moving on another level ln terms of their strengh and I can see this in their

games.This alone makes me happy, butthat's just part one of the process.

Another important item on the agenda is, Chess Souh Africa wants to disintegrate the regions (if I

understand correctly) so that we become Eastern Cape. I don't know what this means as clarity has

not been forthcoming. lt may just be name sake, or it may affect us at an operational level, or they

may not go through with it at all. There will be a meeting in Port Elizabeth and I will fully report back

on that. Although, if all chess in this region must run through Port Elizabeth I do fear that our East

London and surrounding areas may lose touch, I don't see how that can happen, but after the

meeting I will be fully transparent and report on how that affects our region and players, as once I

have all the data it could very well be a good thing for us, but data first then it can be interpreted

by all. My interest is to develop chess in this region, not play politics, so I hope that does not become

the case, if so then it's another discussion for another day. For today, a report on what I do know is

all I can offer. We have our tournament dates set for the year, and I will finally introduce a curriculum for coaching.

It's tough, it's painful, but it will take our players to another level. The same training, I am using to

push myself on another level is what I want to pass on to our players. Naturally we will cover

everything from fundamentals right up to the "good" stuff! Our Border players can just enrol in

whichever classes they choose, but it will be open to all. I have two coaches ready to assist me and

others happy to assist as well. However, to be politically correct, and to be safe, I will conduct the

training under a guise of an academy name which ironicalty is what happened back in the early

2000s. Training done in previous years is something I don't want to comment on, l'll just say it was

ineffective. The obiective is to improve playing ability, I have no interest in getting them to

memorise Lasker vs Capablanca 1914, even though I remember it being a splendid invasion of

Capablanca's position... So at least 4 minutes can be dedicated to that one but no more as I was too

young to make use of it.

Our League begins and at the end of the year, we can judge if it's a systern to implement from day

one next year, be it as part of our regional set up, or alternately under another guise if our chess

runs through a different portal. Perhaps a good league setup is one with 6 events throughout next

year, taking only the top 5 results into account. That's a topic for another day. To be fair I think a

suitable number of events next year probably sits at 10-12 (6 league and 4 Rapid and other type of

events), giving myself and/or other coaches a chance to implement some training seminars.

Whatever is best for our region and surrounding areas is what I want to focus on.

I will draft a similar letter for all Border Players and their parents, explaining everything that's

relevant with all the details that is needed. lt has not been a case of holding back, it s been a case of

getting the correct details! September I'll set up a meeting at Hams for all parents, as by then, we will

know everything expected of us from Chess South Africa.

Knd Regards

Ashley Vermaak

Buffalo City President

 

01 August 2017

Attached are the results of the weekend. Will follow up this week with a clear explanation as to how the league will work. The idea is to get a team to go to both the SAJCC in December/Jan each year and the SA Open each July. At the end of the year we will host a dinner where we will reward those that have fought bravely and successfully during the year. All those that were unable to attend would need to enter the open qualifiers.

We will start contacting the parents directly regarding information for the SAJCC as we almost have everyone’s contact details.

Please note these results were uploaded to ChESSA on the 30th July 2017

Individual League Qualifier Results.pdf

First Little League Results.pdf

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