Local chess players qualify for international events

2017-04-26 06:02
Caitlyn Louis came in first in the U/8 Girls’ section of the SA Junior Closed Chess Championship.                Photo:SUPPLIED

Caitlyn Louis came in first in the U/8 Girls’ section of the SA Junior Closed Chess Championship. Photo:SUPPLIED

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AFTER competing in the recent South African Junior Closed Chess Championship, 16 of Nelson Mandela Bay Junior Chess’s 26 players qualified for 2017 international chess events.

The 16 players all ended in the top 10 positions of the SA Junior Closed Chess Championship.

They are ranked as follows:

  • First position

Caitlyn Louis – U/8 Girls’ section

Charlize Van Zyl - ?U/18 Girls’ section

  • Second position

Sachin Hastie – U/20 Open section

  • Third position

Noah Peter – U/8 Open? section

Sarah Kruger – U/8 Girls’ section

Caylin Carolus – U/10 Girls’ section

  • Fourth position

Hailey Bruintjies – U/10 Girls’ section

  • Fifth position

Jordan Frosler – U/10 Girls’ section

Neathan Peter – U/10 Open section

Nicholas Hargreaves – U/12 Open section

  • Sixth position

Tyler Nevin – U/12 Open section

  • 7th Position

Kyle Rensburg – U/20 Open section

  • Eighth position

Hlomisa Vuso – U/16 Girls’ section

  • Tenth position

Aliche Stuurman – U/12 Girls’ section

DeLeon Strydom – U/16 Open section

Lilitha Hempe – U/18 Open section

The first of the international events is the 2017 Commonwealth Chess Championship which is set to take place in India from July 2 to 10. All 16 players will attend the event.

The cost of attending the tournament amounts to about R20 000 per player, which includes the entry fee and accommodation and travel expenses.

“We are in the process of fundraising and our first fundraising event, a chess tournament. It is still in the planning phase, but details and more information will follow as soon as soon as we have finalised everything for the event,” said Marsha Rensburg of Nelson Mandela Bay Junior Chess.

The top five players qualify for the 2017 African Youth Chess Championships, set to take place in Egypt later this year, and the top three players qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship.

Donations and sponsorships are welcome. For any direct deposits please use the following bank account ; Account Holder - PE Junior Chess, Bank -  ABSA, Branch - Newton Park,  Type of Account – Cheque,  Account No. - 1400153937 and REF - International Qualifiers.

For more information, contact the Nelson Mandela Bay Youth Chess Commission's Youth Director, Heine Coetzer on 082 613 3303 heine@nmbycc.co.za.

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