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ELDO Smart , Pres­i­dent of Chess South Africa, died on Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter a heart at­tack.

The DG of Sport in the West­ern Cape, Dr Lyn­don Bouah writes: “I have known Eldo since 1991 when we were in­tro­duced by mu­tual friends. He was at school and I was in first year at univer­sity. He later joined me at univer­sity where he formed a for­mi­da­ble team. He achieved univer­sity colours and rep­re­sented WP uni­ver­si­ties and UWC at var­i­ous events across the coun­try.

“Eldo was a leader from univer­sity days and he led the UWC and WP teams be­tween 1996 and 1997. Eldo played for the Bel­har Knights Chess Club his whole life ex­cept for his univer­sity pe­riod. He was a stal­wart at the club and held var­i­ous po­si­tions. He en­joyed his chess and was au fait with the Mar­shall at­tack and the Grun­feld as his favourite weapons. In 2001 he beat a strong Gaut­eng player with the Mar­shall and when he said Eldo must be in the WP team Eldo dead-panned and said he was not strong enough.

“Eldo ob­tained his WP colours when he rep­re­sented the B team at var­i­ous in­ter­provin­cials held in Bloem­fontein and else­where. The two of us trav­elled the roads of South Africa to­gether and dis­cussed chess mat­ters. He was a fierce com­peti­tor and was the cap­tain of the WP B team.

“In 2010 Eldo be­came pres­i­dent of Chess WP and led the dis­cus­sions around unity in WP chess. He suc­cess­fully in­te­grated all chess clubs and com­mu­ni­ties and was later cho­sen in 2013 as Chessa vice pres­i­dent. In June 2014 he be­came act­ing Chessa pres­i­dent and in Jan­uary 2015 he was elected pres­i­dent and in Jan­uary 2016 was re-elected.

“We salute his lead­er­ship and thank his fam­ily for his ser­vice to the game. We think of his par­ents and his sis­ter and fam­ily and his friends at this time.”

South African men and women are play­ing in a Fidé Zonal event at the Warm Har­bor Ho­tel in Liv­ing­stone, Zam­bia. The tour­na­ment, not a team event) ends to­day.

From round 4: White: Kenny Solomon —Black: Rich­mond Phiri: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Ne5 c6 10. e4 Na6 11. exd5 cxd5 12. Bf4 Nc7 13. Rc1 Ne6 14. Be3 Re8 15. Qa4 Bd6 16. Rfd1 Bb8 17. Re1 a6 18. Qb3 Ba7 19. Rcd1 Rc8 20. a4 Qd6 21. Rc1 b5 22. Qd1 b4 23. Na2 a5 24. Rxc8 Bxc8 25. Nc1 Bb6 26. Bf1 h6 27. Nb3 Ng5 28. Bxg5 hxg5 29. Bb5 Re7 30. Qc1 Bf5 31. Nc6 Re4 32. f3 Rxe1+ 33. Qxe1 Bc2 34. Nbxa5 g4 35. f4 Be4 36. Nb3 Bc2 37. a5 Ba7 38. a6 Bb6 39. Na1 Bd3 40. a7 Bxa7 41. Qe5 Bxd4+ 42. Nxd4 Qxe5 43. fxe5 Bxb5 44. exf6 re­signs.

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