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Western Province Open Report

Posted by salimu on March 27, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Charlton Maravanyika, Daudi Amini and yself just participated in the Western Province Open and we did fairly decent. 

What i want to more communicate about this tournament was the great strides that the South African chess system is making in youth development. I will try to explain the system they use here and perhaps we could implement it in our own system.

They have Chessa which is like our ZCF. Its the overall mother body which answers to the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry uses Chessa as an arm of execution of whatever plans it has. Now the country is broken up into provinces and I think there is about 9 of these. Within those provinces you get a break up similar to ours, like Mashonaland Central, east and so on. These areas then have a union responsible for them.

The union is like a mini Chessa and organises tournamnets and its the overall chess coordinating body for the area. What this means is that even the  schools chess bodies for that area report to their respective unions. You can appreciate the efficacy of this system when it comes to National scholars as kids qualify in their respective districts and eventually for the province and to the Nationals. Its a system which gives a sweeping opportunity to everyone who wants to play chess.

Anwhere I only mention this becuase at the recent tournament there was such a strong presence of youth trying to gain rating points to qualify for the selection and the organisers had a B section for everyone below 1600.

The beauty of playing in these tournaments is the exposure you get to play stronger opposition. In the whole tournament 6 out of 7 of my opponents where rated hire than me. Two of them were titled masters and I did fairly ok, losing 2 to Candidate Master Maxwell Solomons 2029 and Junior Champion Michael James 1895. However I buried FM Joshua Berman 1952, Paul Kupwathea 1785, Donovan Swanson 1817.

I started playing chess again late last year and before this tournament I had played 6 rated games and my rating was 1683. I realised just how beneficial getting this sort of oppossition was and wish we could invite some South African players to our tournaments.

Finally I got a few mails asking what the prize fund was like. It was not much, first prize was R1500 and second was R1000 and 3rd was 750 4th being R500. There were some special prizes and also there were medals. It looks like our tournaments in Zim pay a bit more, we just need to have more of them. I hope I have answered questions some might have had!

I leave you with a game I played against Jacob Berman,

[Event "Western Province Open"]

[Date "2012.03.21"]

[Round "2"]

[White "Salimu, Reuben"]

[Black "Berman, Jacob"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E02"]

[WhiteElo "1683"]

[BlackElo "1952"]

[EventDate "2012.03.21"]


1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. Qc2 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. Qxc4 Nb6 8.

Qc2 Bd7 9. a3 a5 10. Bd2 Qc7 11. Bf4 Bd6 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. O-O O-O 14. e4 Qe7

15. Nbd2 a4 16. e5 Nfd5 17. Ne4 h6 18. Rac1 Rfc8 19. Nfd2 Rc7 20. Nd6 Nc8 21.

N2e4 b5 22. Qd2 Rca7 23. f4 f5 24. Nxc8 Rxc8 25. Nd6 Rcc7 26. Rc5 Qd8 27. Rfc1

Qb8 28. Bxd5 cxd5 29. Qb4 Rxc5 30. Rxc5 Rc7 31. Kf2 Kh7 32. Qc3 Rxc5 33. Qxc5

Kg8 34. Ke3 Kh7 35. Kd2 Kg8 36. Kc3 g5 37. Kb4 gxf4 38. gxf4 Kh7 39. Nxb5 Kg6

40. Kxa4 Kh5 41. Kb4 Kg4 42. a4 Kxf4 43. Qc1+ Ke4 44. Qe1+ Kf4 45. Qg3+ Ke4 46.

Qg2+ Kf4 47. Qf2+ Ke4 48. Qe2+ Kf4 49. Ka3 Qf8+ 50. b4 Bxb5 51. axb5 Qa8+ 52.

Kb3 Qa1 53. Qd3 Kg5 54. b6 Qa8 55. Qg3+ Kh5 56. Qg7 Qa6 57. Qc7 Qd3+ 58. Ka4

Qa6+ 59. Kb3 Qd3+ 60. Qc3 Qa6 61. Qc5 Qd3+ 62. Ka4 Qd1+ 63. Kb5 Qd3+ 64. Kc6

Qa6 65. Kc7 Qa8 66. b7 Qe8 67. b8=Q Qf7+ 68. Kb6 f4 69. Qcc7 Qf5 70. Qe8+ Kg4




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