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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