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South Africa first took part in a Fidé team cham­pi­onship in 1958. That was at the 1958 Mu­nich Olympiad.

Wolf­gang Hei­den­feld, Kurt Dreyer, Ken­neth Kirby, Kon­stantin Gri­vai­nis and Dave Isaac­son first had to play in a strong group pre­lim­i­nary – won two against Iran and Fin­land. Then in a fi­nal against much weaker op­po­si­tion where we did not lose a match.

Hei­den­feld men­tioned that he took Unz­icker by sur­prise in this game from the pre­lim­i­nar­ies and that the German grand­mas­ter mum­bled oaths be­fore gath­er­ing his com­po­sure.

Unz­icker vis­ited South Africa in 1979, to play in the first Oude Meester Grand Prix, where he dis­tin­guished him­self with a win against the tour­na­ment win­ner — Vik­tor Korch­noi. White: Wolf­gang Hei­den­feld, Black: Wolf­gang Unz­icker, Event: Mu­nich1958 (B22 Si­cil­ian, 2.c3, Hei­den­feld Vari­a­tion) 1. 3. 5. 7. 9. 11. 13. 15. 17. 19. 21. 23. 25. 27. e4 c5; 2. e5 Nd5; 4. Na3 d6; 6. exd6 exd6 8. Nxd4 Be7 10. Nf5 Bxf5 12. Qf3 d5 14. Qe2 Bc5 16. Bd3 Rfe8 18. Qxe3 Qxe3 20. Nc2 d4 22. Nxd4 Rxd4 24. Bc2 Rb4 26. Rd2 a5 28. c3 Nf6; Nf3 Nc6; Bb5 Bd7; d4 cxd4 O-O O-O Qxd5 Be6 Nc2 Qb6 a4 a6 Be3 Bxe3 Nxe3 Rad8 cxd4 Nxd4 Rfd1 g6 b3 Rc8 f3 Rc3 29. 31. 33. 35. 37. 39. 41. 43. 45. 47. 49. 51. 53. 55. Re1 Bxb3 30. Bxb3 Rcxb3 Re8+ Kg7 32. Rd7 Rxa4 Ree7 Rf4 34. Rxb7 Rxb7 Rxb7 a4 36. Kf2 Rc4 Ra7 Kf6 38. Kg3 Ke6 Ra6+ Ke5 40. Ra7 Kf6 Ra6+ Ke5 42. Ra7 Kd4 Rxf7 Kc3 44. Rxh7 a3 Ra7 Kb3 46. f4 a2 Rxa2 Kxa2 48. Kg4 Rc5 Kf3 Kb3 50. g4 Kc4 Ke4 Kb5 52. f5 gxf5+ gxf5 Kc6 54. Kf4 Kd6 Kg5 Ke7 White re­signs. The Fidé Open and Women’s World Team Chess Cham­pi­onships is tak­ing place from June 16 to Tues­day in the Ugra Chess Acad­emy of the oil-boom town of Khan­tyMan­siysk, in western Siberia. Ten open and 10 women’s teams are par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Day four saw a few as­ton­ish­ing re­sults in the Open sec­tion that none could have fore­seen. The Turk­ish team, which came as one of the low­est rated in the field, faced Poland, hith­erto rest­ing on a per­fect 3/3. The Turks had done ex­cel­lently, draw­ing with two top teams, then in round four, they de­feated Poland in a big up­set. Still, the big­gest sur­prise had to be In­dia’s crush­ing 3.5-0.5 win over the US with some in­spired chess.

This event was not an Olympiad. That takes place next year in Ba­tumi, Ge­or­gia.

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