Hermanus Chess Club Handicap Rapid

On the 11th of December 2021, the Hermanus Chess Club hosted it’s very first Handicap Rapid tournament at the Hermanus Sports Club. There was a total of 36 players from all over the Overberg, including players from Villiersdorp, Kleinmond and Zwelihle. Players were divded into four sections (Beginners, U/12, U/18 and Open), and were awarded prizes based on their final ranking in their respective section. Final rankings will be listed below.


  • 7 Round Swiss
  • Initial starting time of 10/10, however time varies according to the players ratings and the handicap scale
  • No increment
  • Not Chessa Rated


The handicap was in the form of time. The stronger/higher rated player receives less time on the clock, while the weaker player keeps the initial 10 minutes as an advantage. This led to an exciting twist in the games. Below is the scale that was used to calculate the handicaps for each round.

Rating DifferentialTime Control
0 – 99 points10/10
100 – 19910/8
200 – 39910/6
400 or more10/5
Handicap scale used

Final Rankings (Top 3)


  • 1st Place – Connor Harman
  • 2nd Place – Connor Lowe
  • 3rd Place – Tristan Van der Walt


  • 1st Place – Tayden Mackenzie
  • 2nd Place – Liso Macamba
  • 3rd Place – Zininzi Livi


  • 1st Place – Lihle Jayiya
  • 2nd Place – Milibo Mfundisi
  • 3rd Place – Kayla Smith


  • 1st Place – Michael Arnold
  • 2nd Place – Andrew Southey
  • 3rd Place – Jonas Crookes

Overall Winner

The overall winner was calculated according to the combined final rankings. Congratulations to Michael Arnold, our 2021 Hermanus Chess Club Handicap Rapid champion.

Special Prizes

Three youngest players

  • Tristan Van der Walt
  • Connor Harman
  • Jackson Judge Campbell

The full list of results can be found below

Final Combined Final Sections

A big thank to you everyone that participated and to the organizers of this wonderful event. It was a huge success.

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