THE inaugural 2018 Boardwalk Pearson Open Chess tournament will see top and emerging chess players pit their skills against one another in this tournament accredited and recognized by the World Chess Federation.It will be held from 12 to 18 March and the IM Norm field - which is by invitation only - features top players from India, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The A and B sections – rated by FIDE, Chess South Africa (CHESSA), and the URS – will play out on 16 to 18 March and the Junior Development section will take place on 17 March. Chess players are called to register online to compete in the tournament.The A Section is open to chess players with a FIDE or CHESSA rating of 1600 or higher. The stakes are high in this competition, with R3 000 to be won by the 1st place winner, R2 000 by the runner-up and R1 500 for third place. The Best Junior (under 18) will receive a prize of R500. The entry fee is R250 per player. The B Section is open to players with a CHESSA rating of 1600 or lower. There are prizes to be won in this category too, with R1 000 as a first prize. The entry fee per player is R200. The one-day, Junior Development competition is open to all young chess players under the age of 12. There will be medals for winners and entry is R50 per player. “The Eastern Cape is home to many chess enthusiasts, many of whom have represented South Africa internationally. Seeing the players, especially the youth, coming through the ranks and become recognised is heartening and we look forward to seeing them all in action at the tournament,” says The Boardwalk’s General Manager, Mike van Vuuren.The Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union brings together chess players from all age groups, including seniors, from most parts of the Bay. “Chess in the Bay has a rich history. Some of our top players like the Saffier family, Ewan and Alexander Kromhout, Freddie Odendaal, and Jesse February have left their mark. They have now become coaches are paying it forward,” says Ridwaan Lagardien, President of Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union.