CHESS

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The 1st South African Cham­pi­onship took place in Cape Town in 1892. The prize money of­fered was the grand sum of 80 pounds (25 pounds go­ing to the win­ner) and the rate of play was 25 moves per hour. The eleven player tour­na­ment was dom­i­nated by A.J Rivett (Graaf-Reinet) and E Roberts (Cape Town) who each scored 9,5/10. Rivett and Roberts then con­tested two games to break the tie, where they each scored a win apiece thus the ti­tle was shared. Here fol­lows an ex­am­ple from this tour­na­ment with notes ab­bre­vi­ated from Reit­stein’s ex­cel­lent ‘A his­tory of chess in South Africa’ J.H. Clark - E. Roberts [C44] South African Cham­pi­onship, 1892 Of the dozen or so games I have found from the first South African Cham­pi­onship, I con­sider this the best.

(The first of sev­eral in­fe­rior moves made by both sides. Bet­ter was 5 .... Ne5 at once. 6.0-0 Ne5 And now 6...Be7, de­vel­op­ing.) (White should have played 7 Bb3, pre­serv­ing his strong bishop, and af­ter the text Black should have played 7...Nxc4.) Qxb4 13 Bxf7+) ( Hop­ing for 12... of 47...Re1+) (This of course loses im­me­di­ately, but if then and White is in zugzwang (50 Bxc5 Rxe2!).)

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