Earlier this year the Cape Town Chess Club staged the Cape Town Heritage Chess Festival in honour of the club’s 132 years of existence- making it the second oldest chess club in the southern hemisphere (behind Melbourne). The festival held simultaneous exhibitions, lectures, blitz events for seniors, ladies and juniors as well as an evening of speeches under the title ‘The Leonard Reitstein Lecture on SA Chess History’ . Here David Gluckman detailed his playing career whilst growing up in Cape Town, Watu Kobese described what it was like for a young black player at the height of the Apartheid era and Lyndon Bouah gave his view on the unity process that ultimately allowed us back into the international chess community. From my perspective this dialogue was both captivating and revealing, but judge for yourself as the whole evening was captured for posterity on youtube : www.youtube.com/watch?v=84meU9mpT6I
In 1991 Reitstein published ‘Test your Chess’, which consisted of 240 positions from South African games. Far from being merely a quiz book, it was in fact a historical journal of chess played in this country during the last hundred years. The sequel was ‘Test your Chess-2’ containing another 240 positions with a slightly more contemporary leaning than its predecessor. Here is example from that volume:
In the above position White played 1 Bf1 and lost. Instead he missed a move which would have led to a brilliant victory for him. Can you find what he missed?