The South African Women’s Chess Championships will be held at ‘The Atrium’, The Woodlands, Johannesburg and starts on the 8th August 2014 – 10th August 2014. That’s a serious killer with 3 games per day! There is also a B-section. You can click on this PDF for all the necessary info and a link to the venue. 

Scene from ‘The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog‘ (1927) a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock [movie on youtube]

Woody Allen, Peter O’Toole and Capucine, a French model and actress in ‘What’s new, Pussycat’


The FIDE World Youth Chess Championships 2014 will be held in Durban, South Africa from 18th September to 30th September 2014 organized by the South African Chess Federation under the auspices of FIDE. All FIDE members and chess academies are cordially invited to participate in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships. The Local Organizing Committee is honoured to host this prestigious event and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit in Africa.

The Championships will be hosted at the International Convention Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The ICC Durban is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. The ICC Durban is purpose-built, fully air-conditioned and comprises six convention halls that are interlinked, but separate. Halls 4-6 double as convention and meetings spaces and the flat floor space for the ICC Arena makes it the leading indoor sports and entertainment venue in Durban which accommodates up to 10 000 spectators.
The latest FIDE Rules and Regulations will apply
Age Groups : u/8, u/10, u/12, u14, u/16, u/18
Format: Swiss System
Rounds: 11 rounds
Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves; Followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game; 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Each National Federation can register a total of twelve (12) Official Players, that is, one official player in each category (under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 years old; open and girls) plus one accompanying official, provided he/she holds a valid licence and title as a FIDE Trainer.
The players placed 1st to 3rd in the previous FIDE World Youth Championships, and the respective Champions of the 2014 Continental Youth Championships, shall have the personal rights to participate in the World Youth Championships of the corresponding age-category or a higher age category if the age stipulation is met. Such players shall also be classified as Official Players and have to be registered by their respective National Federations.

Other than Official Players, all other players shall be classified as Additional Players. All other persons other than players or the Accompanying Official shall be classified as Accompanying Persons. A Federation may register any number of Additional Players and Accompanying Persons but they shall be responsible for their own costs.
In order to provide appropriate tournament conditions, the Federations must complete the official online registration form, in full, and submit to the organising committee by no later than 17 July 2014. FIDE endorsed Chess Academies may register not more than one player per age group per gender per event. The deadline for the reservation and payment of a 50% deposit on the accommodation is 17 July 2014. Any accommodation payment made after the deadline, will incur a surcharge of 10%. Once the payment has been made, proof of payment must be sent to the Treasurer at treasurer [at]2014wycc.co.za

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, also known as the Zulu Kingdom. Durban is also the major centre of tourism in South Africa because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Resource: Chessdom.com


Tromso Chess 2014

Tromso 2014 starts Friday 1st August – Thursday 14th August


Click HERE for the schedule. These are some of the open teams that take part in this chess olympiad.

South Africa
Captain: CM Lyndon Bouah
Average Rating: 2327
1. IM Steel Henry Robert – 2399
2. IM Solomon Kenny – 2376
3. IM Kobese Watu – 2341
4. FM Van den Heever Donovan – 2277
5. IM Gluckman David – 2241

Captain: GM Alexander Khalifman
Average Rating: 2678
1. GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – 2743
2. GM Radjabov Teimour – 2724
3. GM Mamedov Rauf – 2659
4. GM Safarli Eltaj – 2649
5. GM Guseinov Gadir – 2613

Norway 1
Captain: Ole Christian Moen
Average Rating: 2639
1. GM Carlsen Magnus – 2881
2. GM Agdestein Simen – 2628
3. GM Hammer Jon Ludvig – 2628
4. GM Johannessen Leif Erlend – 2528
5. GM Lie Kjetil A. – 2528

Captain: GM Vladimir B. Tukmakov
Average Rating: 2668
1. GM Giri Anish – 2752
2. GM Tiviakov Sergei – 2656
3. GM Van Wely Loek – 2654
4. GM L’Ami Erwin – 2647
5. GM Van Kampen Robin – 2631
Captain: IM Alexander Kaspi
Average Rating: 2670
1. GM Gelfand Boris – 2753
2. GM Rodshtein Maxim – 2672
3. GM Smirin Ilia – 2660
4. GM Postny Evgeny – 2641
5. GM Sutovsky Emil – 2625

Captain: GM Peter K Wells
Average Rating: 2673
1. GM Adams Michael – 2743
2. GM Short Nigel D – 2665
3. GM Jones Gawain – 2654
4. GM Sadler Matthew – 2653
5. GM Howell David – 2650

Captain: GM Jun Xu
Average Rating: 2679
1. GM Ding Liren – 2714
2. GM Wang Yue – 2713
3. GM Yu Yangyi – 2675
4. GM Ni Hua – 2653
5. GM Wei Yi – 2634

United States of America
Captain: IM John W. Donaldson
Average Rating: 2686
1. GM Nakamura Hikaru – 2775
2. GM Kamsky Gata – 2712
3. GM Onischuk Alexander – 2659
4. GM Akobian Varuzhan – 2653
5. GM Shankland Samuel L – 2632

Captain: IM Tamas Horvath
Average Rating: 2693
1. GM Leko Peter – 2737
2. GM Rapport Richard – 2701
3. GM Almasi Zoltan – 2692
4. GM Polgar Judit – 2685
5. GM Balogh Csaba – 2648

Captain: GM Sebastien Maze
Average Rating: 2705
1. GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime – 2762
2. GM Bacrot Etienne – 2720
3. GM Fressinet Laurent – 2717
4. GM Edouard Romain – 2702
5. GM Tkachiev Vladislav – 2625

Captain: GM Yury Dokhoian
Average Rating: 2767
1. GM Grischuk Alexander – 2792
2. GM Kramnik Vladimir – 2783
3. GM Karjakin Sergey – 2771
4. GM Svidler Peter – 2753
5. GM Jakovenko Dmitry – 2736

Captain: GM Oleksandr Sulypa
Average Rating: 2714
1. GM Ivanchuk Vassily – 2738
2. GM Eljanov Pavel – 2723
3. GM Ponomariov Ruslan – 2723
4. GM Moiseenko Alexander – 2707
5. GM Korobov Anton – 2680


Click on THIS LINK to view more players and their profiles.

Picture:Chess News Agency

Turrets and Chess

I had been on a course and it was held at this beautiful place in Lincolnshire. It was a residential course and I couldn’t help to immerse myself completely into this historical swamp. When I looked at the mansion and the structure of the building, I found myself in a game of chess, moving turrets and spikes around, wondering about the conversations that took place at this place by noble men and women, throughout the centuries. I also wondered about the Romans who roamed the area and the meetings during WW2, when the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment used it. In the late 40’s teachers got trained here till the late 1970’s and today it belongs to one of the largest Teacher Unions for training sessions and conferences. 

The obelisk was erected by Charles Turnor, 1847, in honour of Isaac Newton, who acquired his basic education in the area of Stoke, the area where this mansion-hotel is. The Turnor family owned the original property from as early as the 1700’s till 1940.


Excavations at a burial site in south-east Turkey have revealed a set of 49 sculpted pieces that may once have been used in board games. They are among the oldest evidence of such games ever found.

Sağlamtimur, from Ege university in Izmir, Turkey discussed the finds at the annual International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry in the Turkish city of Muğla. He thinks the pieces belong to some complicated chess-like game. His team now hopes to work out the strategies that the game must have involved.

Not so fast, says Ulrich Schädler, director of the Swiss Museum of Games in La Tour-de-Peilz. “Do the objects really all belong to one game? I would answer no,” he told New Scientist. “We don’t have the slightest trace of a board game using more than two different kinds of pieces before chess.” Early forms of chess were not played until about 1500 years ago. Read the entire article here.

Chess is believed to have first originated in Eastern India known as Chaturanga. The game spread from India to Persia and after the Islamic conquering of the Persian empire it was adopted by them and spread even further afield with it’s name changed to shatranj. The Islamic world then spread chess throughout Europe and then to Russia. On this link you can read more about the history of ancient games relating to chess.

Image: Wikipedia – Shatranj

Senet was played between 1550-1069 BC in Egypt. In the next image you can see a painting on the wall of Queen Nefertari’s tomb depicting her playing the game in the afterlife. 

You can download this file for  the rules of Senet


Egyptian Chess

Image source here.

This game in the above image has been found painted on the funeral tombs of the rich and which shows a lion and an antelope playing the game of Senet.

According to the British Museum, it’s a scene from a satirical papyrus, possibly from Thebes, the Late New Kingdom, around 1100 BC.

I hope you make out my ‘collage.’ I will also call it: ‘The Endless Game.’ Here is the original on the site of the LoC.


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