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South African Open Chess Championship 2022

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The South African Open Chess Championship was recently held at Fairbairn College in Goodwood, Cape Town. The event took place from the 9th to the 17th of July, with 11 rounds in the Championship and B section, and 6 rounds in the U/20, U/16 and U/12 section. There was also a blitz event, which took place on the 14th.

Three of our members from the Hermanus Chess Club had the privelege of competing in this prestigious event. Lyle Prinsloo competed in the U/12 section, Martin Brink in the B section and Dr Andrew Southey in the Championship section.

Tournament format

Championship Section

Format11 Round Swiss over 9 days
Time Control90/90 + 30 sec increments from move 1
RatedChess SA and FIDE rated
CriteriaPlayers with a FIDE/Chess SA rating of 1600 and higher

B Section

Format11 Round Swiss over 9 days
Time Control90/90 + 30 sec increments from move 1
RatedChess SA and FIDE rated
CriteriaAll players with a FIDE/Chess SA rating of between 1100 and 1600

Junior Section

Format6 Round Swiss over 3 days
Time Control60/60 + 30 sec increments from move 1
RatedChess SA rated
CriteriaU/12, U/16 and U/20

Blitz

Format10 Round Swiss
Time Control3/3 + 2 sec increments from move 1
RatedChess SA rated
CriteriaOpen

Below are three games played by our HCC players from various rounds of the competition.

Charles de Villiers vs. Andrew Southey (Round 1 – Championship Section)

Martin Brink vs. Conner Manuel (Round 6 – B Section)

Zoey Mungal vs. Lyle Prinsloo (Round 6 – U/12 Section)

After some remarkable games and some very tough competition, the final results for our Hermanus Chess Club players are as follows:

  • Lyle Prinsloo – 10th place in the U/12 section
  • Martin Brink – 15th place in the B section
  • Andrew Southey – 85th place in the Championship section
Lyle Prinsloo ended 10th place in the U/12 section

I would like to congratulate our players for competing in such a prestigeous event against some very strong opposition.

The full list of results can be found below:

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