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2021 South African Junior Closed Chess Championships

  • 2021/06/08
  • Chess SA

Following is the final list of participants for the 2021 SAJCCC. Please note that all queries must be directed to the LOC via the Region only. No private queries will be entertained.

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Recent articles


  • 2021/05/25
  • Danie Murray

The tournament is comprised of both online and OTB (Over-the-Board) segments. The OTB finals will be played at the prestigious Pont de Val Winery on June 19th.

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Critical Thinking

  • 2021/02/17
  • Halima Lagerdien

If you loved the QUEEN'S GAMBIT, you'll love this: Based on a true story, CRITICAL THINKING sees John Leguizamo starring in and directing this inspirational high school drama. Despite the hardships his students face, Leguizamo's character teaches them to rise above it all through chess. Don't miss CRITICAL THINKING - In cinemas, 26 February!

Watch movie trailer.

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Paradigm Chess30

  • 2020/09/28
  • Craig Willenberg and Lourenzo van Niekerk

The Paradigm Chess30 concept is an enhancement of MRL Chess Paradigm. The MRL Chess Paradigm concept was originally introduced to minimise the excessive number of draws, which occur in normal (classical) chess.

With its set eight starting positions (derived from Fisher Random Chess) together with the applicable dynamic rules ("anti-draws"), the MRL Chess Paradigm concept encouraged chess players to display their strategical creativity, especially in the opening phase of the game. The MRL Chess Paradigm version of the game made for many an exciting duel between chess players, which magnified the need for principled play in chess.

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North-West University Chess Cub

  • 2020/05/02
  • Natalie Thysse

The North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom campus Chess club is about influencing people to enjoy the game of kings and queens.

One of the best chess players from the NWU Potchefstroom campus is Marcques Hansen. Hansen competed in 12 South African Junior Chess Championships and five South African Junior Closed Championships. The NWU Potchefstroom campus Chess team also competed in the 2019 University Sports South African (USSA) competition where Hansen achieved 9th place. As second-year BEd Intermediate phase student, Hansen, believes that the best part about competing is the challenge of each game, the people you meet and the ultimate thrill of the results after a complicated position in the game. "What matters is the knowledge you gain from every game, does not matter if you win or lose," Hansen said.

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