CHESS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFASHION -

THE MIN­IS­TER of Cul­tural Af­fairs and Sport was the keynote speaker at the WP awards cer­e­mony at Curro School in Dur­banville.

Ivan Meyer’s speech last Satur­day echoed what he had said on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion: “As the gov­ern­ment, we be­lieve that clubs are the build­ing blocks of the com­mu­nity and must be pro­moted and sup­ported. We will sup­port them fi­nan­cially with equip­ment, at­tire and trans­port to league matches in ru­ral ar­eas.

“The vi­sion of the depart­ment is to cre­ate a so­cially in­clu­sive, cre­ative and ac­tive Western Cape. I be­lieve that chess en­cap­su­lates all of th­ese in­ten­tions. The fact that play­ers must be cre­ative in their chess is a given. It is, of course, de­bat­able whether chess play­ers are (phys­i­cally) ac­tive, but my chief di­rec­tor, Ad­vo­cate Lyn­don Bouah, as­sures me that all chess play­ers are fit and par­tic­i­pate reg­u­larly in vig­or­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

● Watu Kobese won the 2013 MRL Chess Par­a­digm Cham­pi­onships and claimed the first prize of R6 000. This event would not have been pos­si­ble with­out spon­sors Lourenzo van Niek­erk, DDG Slim­ming and CPC Engineering.

● The Pro­vin­cial Team Tour­na­ment at Citrus­dal was won by peren­nial cham­pi­ons Steinitz. The event, hosted by the West Coast Chess Union, saw 25 teams en­tered, more than twice the num­ber of play­ers as last year.

Teams that en­tered from Cape Town in­cluded Bel­har, Grassy Park, Uit­sig, Khayelit­sha and two teams from the Univer­sity of the Western Cape. The West Coast teams were from Sal­danha, Vre­den­burg and Citrus­dal, while other en­trants were from Rivers­dale, Worces­ter and Oudt­shoorn. Two Braille teams from Worces­ter also took part. The win­ners were: A Sec­tion: Steinitz A, ChessCube and Steinitz B

B Sec­tion: Steinitz Steinitz E and Oudt­shoorn

There was a prize for the fe­male player who scored the most points, which went to Kaylen Fritz. The prize for the most se­nior player went to Braille player Ray­mond

C, Aucket, 69. One player in the A sec­tion, Lyn­don Bouah, scored 100 per­cent and won the prize for ex­cel­lence in the A sec­tion. In the B sec­tion, two play­ers – Athon Wil­len­berg and Theo Geswindt – re­ceived the ex­cel­lence prize.

The event ended with a spe­cial thanks from Bouah, the chief di­rec­tor of the Western Cape Pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation.

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