THE CHESS sportsman of the year is Bryan Aguirre. The WP champion received due recognition from Chess Wester n Province when awards were presented at the University of the Western Cape last Saturday.
Curro Private School was the top primary school and Settlers High was the top high school.
Youth trial winners: Under 8: F Barday; U10: J Sulcas and S Chagan; U12: T Darling, B Mbulawa, S Mhaharaj, T Fritz; U14: H Essop, S Darling, R Lourens; U16: E de Villiers, P Darling, A Zidek, K Fritz; U18: M Bhawoodien; U20: J Burgess
Most promising high school players: Mohamed Bhawoodien (boys) and Kaylin Fritz (girls); most promising primary school players: Daniel Barrish (boys) and Tiffany Darling (girls).
Junior player: Mohamed Bha- woodien (boys), Tiffany Darling (girls).
WP Closed Champion: Bryan Aguirre.
Chessa Interprovincial Champion: WP A: IM David Gluckman, CM D van den Heever, CM M Solomons, CM L Bouah, M Lewis, Graham Solomon, M Fredericks, D Amini.
National Club Champions: Steinitz.
WP Open Champion/Best Local Player: M James and S Bhawoodien. B Division: T Danza. WP Individual Blitz Champion: IM David Gluckman. Team Blitz: Steinitz. Cape Open: Shaun Brown. Coach of the year: Lyndon Bouah.
Team Award: Steinitz Western Province Club of the year, UCT.
Lifetime Achiever (125 years): Cape Town Chess Club.
Sportsman with disability: Melvyn Lucas.
Sportsman of the year: Bryan Aguirre. Sportswoman of the year: Laura Irving.
Arbiters Award: The Darling Family.
Category Presidents Awards: Andre van Reenen, Edwin Wyngaardt and Lyndon Bouah.
There was no award for international success, so IM Kenny Solomon and WGM Melissa Greeff missed out on recognition of their outstanding achievements overseas.
Celebrated New York coach Jer- ald Times attended the evening and must have been proud to hear Bongiwe Mbulawa being called up.
This young woman is one of the stars of the Ukamva labantu Chess 4 Hope group that Times is accompanying to Joburg for the National Junior Championships next week.