CHESS SA reported that the players who were selected to represent South Africa at the 2017 Zone 4.3 Chess Championships that will be held from 9-18 June 2017 in Livingstone, Zambia. Follow the event on chess-results under the ZAM link.
Open Section: IM Daniel Cawdery, GM Kenny Solomon, FM Matt Pon, CM Lyndon Bouah, CM Roland Bezuidenhout
Woman Section: WIM Anzel Laubscher, WFM Aleida de Bruyn, WCM Michelle Fisher, WFM Dantelle Joubert
I expected that Daniel Barrish might have been selected. I asked and he replied:
“Unfortunately I’m writing exams during the zonals, but I’m going to make up for it by playing two tourneys in the Czech Republic and hopefully two in Spain, next month. Should be good!”
There are 4 major zonal divisions (Europe, Americas, Asia/ Australia, Africa), with zones and sub-zones, that every Fide member nation is a part of.
So if you are talking about the “Zone 1.3 Championship” you’re talking about the zonal championship for the Nordics – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. The “3M 1W” below means that that Zone gets 3 qualifiers for the Men’s World Championship, and 1 qualifier for the Women’s World Championship.
So those zones will organize a zonal tournament to allocate those places.
In some cases, the Zonal is simply the national championship (US, Canada, China, India, Russia, Ukraine, specifically), in others, it’s a more regional championship.
I visited two zonals in the 1960s and 1970s in Raach im Hochberg, Austria and the Hague.
It was purely for spectator enjoyment.
The winner in Austria was Borislav Ivkov (born November 12, 1933 in Belgrade) a Serbian chess Grandmaster.
He was a World championship candidate in 1965, and played in four more Interzonal tournaments, in 1967, 1970, 1973, and 1979.
He is a three time Yugoslav Champion (1958 joint, 1963 joint, 1972) and was the first World Junior Champion in 1951.
The winner at the Hague was co- incidently another Serbian representing Yugoslavia — Svetosar Gligoric. He won the championship of Yugoslavia a record twelve times, and is considered the best player ever from Serbia. In 1958 he was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia.
The SA open chess championship will be hosted in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal from Friday July 14 to Sunday 23 July.
All enquiries may be addressed to the LOC Convenor, KZN President Erick Takawira ( email@example.com).