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!).)