If you’re a chess player still wanting to take part in the Commonwealth Chess Tournament, in South Africa, then you are lucky as you still have time to enroll till April, 8. The tournament takes place from 25th June 2011 – 3rd July 2011. If you click HERE you will find an online entry form to complete. A PDF document with all the details is linked here too. Links will open in new windows. I do hope to have time to follow this tournament and have a few entries about it- so, keep watching this space! There are about 7 Grandmasters and IM’s also taking part and these articles can also be read on the official South African site: chessa.co.za On the following link you can see more photos and details from other GM’s and IM’s from other countries who have entered for the CC2011.
We are delighted to announce that top English Grandmaster Nigel Short (MBE) has confirmed his participation in the 2011 Commonwealth & South African Open Championships!
Nigel is a three times past champion and will be bidding to become the first player to win the title on 4 separate occasions. He has previously won the tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2008!
Having first attracted media attention by defeating GM Viktor Korchnoi as a 10-year-old, Nigel went on to become (at the time) the you8ngest International Master in chess history. In the process he broke the record previously held by no less than Bobby Fischer! He earned the Grandmaster title in 1984 (age nineteen), to become the youngest grandmaster in the world at the time.
Nigel is a former world number 3 and is possibly best known for his World Chess Championship match against Garry Kasparov in London 1993. He has been a chess professional for more than 25 years and yet continues to enjoy international success as a player. Still ranked in the top 100 players in the world, he is a highly regarded chess columnist and commentator.
He has also coached a number of the world’s best known players including GM Pentala Harikrishna, GM Sergey Karjakin, GM David Howell and GM Parimarjan Negi.
Nigel, we look forward to hosting you at the tournament.
English Grandmaster Gawain Jones has become the second British based Grandmaster to confirm his entry to the tournament. Gawain began playing chess at the age of four, and hit the headlines in 1997 when he became the youngest player in the world ever to beat an International Master in an official tournament game. He has represented England at the World Junior and World Youth Championships on many occasions and also represented England at the Chess Olympiads of 2008 (Dresden) and 2010 (Khanty-Mansiysk).
Gawain has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but now lives in London, where he is focusing on his chess career and related projects. An active player on the tournament circuit, he secured his grandmaster title in 2006. He helped make history in 2009 when he competed in the South African Open from Australia, using the online chess servers of ChessCube.com. He eventually placed second in this event, behind IM (now GM) Amon Simutowe.
Gawain has published a book on The Grand Prix Attack and is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on the The Benoni and The Benko Gambit. He publishes blogs of his travels on his website http://gawainjones.co.uk/wp/?page_id=2
Results – Female section – Anzel Solomons in 2nd position
Results: Open Section- Deon Solomons in 4th Position
On the next image: RESULTS of the Open Section of the Commonwealth Chess Games 2011 – Top 20