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THE IN­AU­GU­RAL African Online Blitz Tour­na­ment, the Kir­san Cup, will be held on De­cem­ber 29.

The event is a 13-round Swiss pairings tour­na­ment. Each player will have three min­utes and two sec­onds ex­tra time per move.

The tour­na­ment is open only to African play­ers. Each African fed­er­a­tion may reg­is­ter an un­lim­ited num­ber of play­ers. Visit the Chessa web­site to en­ter.

Dono­van van den Heever won the ChessWP In­di­vid­ual Blitz Cham­pi­onship at Clare­mont Chess Club. Af­ter nine rounds of three min­utes and two sec­onds blitz chess, there was a play-off be­tween Charles de Vil­liers, Craig Wil­len­berg and Van den Heever.

With a field of 48 play­ers con­sist­ing of the cream of ChessCube, Steinitz and Chess Lounge, David Gluck­man and De Vil­liers, the young Cha­gan brothers, and the youth­ful Dheda clan, or­gan­iser Ricardo Min­naar spent ev­ery mo­ment of his evening get­ting the de­tails ab­so­lutely right.

● Western Prov­ince ju­niors are head­ing to Dur­ban for the SA Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, which run from next Satur­day to De­cem­ber 21.

● The World Chess Team Cham­pi­onship ended in Antalya, Tur­key, on Thurs­day. Rus­sia were lead­ing the round-robin be­tween the best chess- play­ing coun­tries in the world who sent their top play­ers.

The event had zero tol­er­ance rules: no draw of­fers for the first 30 moves and played un­der the stan­dard team tour­na­ment sys­tem with two points given to a match win­ner, one for a draw and zero to the loser of a match. Tiebreaks were de­cided by board points.

The time con­trol was the Fidé 90 min­utes for 40 moves and an ex­tra 30 min­utes at move 40 with 30-sec­ond in­cre­ments through­out the game. Lead­ing play­ers com­pet­ing in­cluded Levon Aro­nian, Vladimir Kram­nik, Hikaru Naka­mura and Vass­ily Ivanchuk.

● In con­junc­tion with Sports Out­reach Chess Academy, the Uganda Chess Fed­er­a­tion or­gan­ised a suc­cess­ful chess clinic fo­cus­ing on teach­ing chess to young girls. The event started on Mon­day at Uganda Mar­tyrs High School, Rubaga, and ended on Thurs­day.

Tak­ing part was free of charge which was well in line with the Uganda Chess Fed­er­a­tion’s aim to spread the game by teach­ing young­sters the ba­sic tenets of the game and giv­ing them a chance to de­velop their skills at an early age.

● Mag­nus Carlsen, the world cham­pion, turned 23 on Mon­day. His plane’s ar­rival in Oslo, Nor­way, was greeted by a mob of fans and me­dia giv­ing him a grand en­trance wor­thy of a movie star. Yet, in spite of the in­ter­views and au­to­graph­giv­ing, he was prob­a­bly even hap­pier with the gift that none other than his favourite soc­cer team gave him: the of­fi­cial kick-off to Real Madrid’s game.

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