The African Junior Chess Championship 2007/8 is now taking place in Malawi. That means, a few players from countries in Africa, will not be at home celebrating the New Year! as this championship runs till the 8th January!! Poor children – and their coaches/team managers…etc. and parents!
The following information comes from the link from the South African Junior Chess Association, link at the bottom of the post, as reported by their coach/manager: Corno Klaver.
In the girls section Angelique Hattingh and Daleen Wiid won and Carmen De Jager drew, but should have won the rook and pawn endgame. Angelique easily disposed of her opponent facing the French Defence and here is Daleen Wiid’s game.
Please click HERE to play through the game of Wiid’s game (South Africa) against Phiri (Zambia)Wiid played white in this game.
The first South African battle about to start between Angelique Hattingh and Carmen De Jager on board 2. Round 3 had some very close and interesting battles. Carmen won against Angelique in the English openings. Carmen had a nice little combination to win a pawn which Angelique missed and she couldn’t get any compensation for the pawn. Unfortunately Angelique is a bit off form by making a few miss calculations, but lets hope she can regain her from she showed at Nationals by winning the Under 16 girls section.
The game is as follows:de Jager,C (RSA) – Hattingh,A (RSA)
Please click HERE to play through the game of De Jager and Hattingh. De Jager played white in this game.
Daleen Wiid also won a tough match with the Caro-Kann defence. The game went down to the wire with only a few minutes left on each clock. Daleen Wiid is leading the girls section at the moment with 3/3.
Days 1 and 2
We started our journey from South Africa at midday on the 28th.We met the previous Malawi President Mr. Tembo and the founder of the school on the plane. We arrived safely in Malawi, but then we had to wait for about 3 hours for our bus to arrive at the airport to take us to the playing venue 150km away. The bus trip was interesting with bright lights from the opposing cars, narrow roads with pot holes and wet circumstances. Its Africa after all with new experiences every moment.
The opening ceremony was eventful, with lots of speeches as usual. Everyone got their sleeping place and had a good rest for the first round to follow tomorrow.In the morning we had a technical meeting to sort out all the rules and problems and play started at 16:00.
In the boys section on board 1 Calvin Klaasen lost a very well played game in time trouble against the Egyptian boy. Due to lots of complications in time trouble Calvin blundered in the dieing seconds of the match. Ryan quickly dispatched of his opponent in the Sicilian Sveshnikov Defence and is playing the Egyptian boy the following round. Lthukela Zitha was a pawn up in a difficult queen and pawn ending but couldn’t convert it to a win.
Lthukela Zitha unfortunately played a4 here and the opponent won the pawn back with Qd1+ Kh2 and Qd6+ to win the pawn on b4. Instead he should have played Qc4 to protect his pawns and then play a4 to create a passed pawn on the queen site. Melissa Greef had a difficult position which ended up in opposite bishops. She made a small mistake in the end and her opponent had a nice combination to finish her off.
The best game of the round according to me was Ryan van Rensburg interesting, difficult knight endgame against R Mokoto from Zimbabwe (one of the tournament favorites). Ryan was a pawn up and dealt very neatly with this endgame to get his first point of the tournament.
Ryan is on the picture here that was taken in 2004 during the World Youth Chess Championships.
Please click HERE to play through the game of Van Rensburg (South Africa) and Mokoto (Zimbabwe). Van Rensburg played white in this game.
Well it’s the last day of 2007 so we can expect some fierce battles on the board. The tournament is running smoothly at the moment with Gunther van den Bergh being the main arbiter. Uganda only arrived this morning thus already missing 3 rounds, amazing. This morning there is one round at 9:00 am and then we only play 2 January at 16:00 again.
Source: The website of the South African Junior Chess Association