Chess whizkids in Durban

2014-09-20 00:00

THE world’s largest chess tournament begins in Durban today.

As many as 1 100 young chess players from 90 countries are in Durban for the 39th World Youth Chess Championships (WYCC). The WYCC opening ceremony starts at 2.30 pm at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The first round will begin at 4 pm.

A gala dinner was hosted at the Durban City Hall for the participants, delegates and the municipality.

Organiser Logan Reddy said they aim to make chess a spectators’ sport this year.

“This year all 1 100 children will be playing at the same time. There are 11 rounds and no knockout rounds,” he said.

Reddy added that this was the first time the event is being played in Africa and there will be around 15 other African countries playing.

“Because the WYCC is being hosted in Durban it will increase the interest in the game among children. Children who play chess usually tend to do very well in maths and science,” he added.

Reddy said, coinciding with the WYCC will be the Chess Adult Open where international players from around the world compete.

“We have 11 Grand Masters, which are the highest ranking chess players, who are in the country,” he said.

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