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Nine-year-old chess player wins 3 in Open

The Cape Winelands Chess Union hosted the Cape Winelands Chess Open at Worcester Gymnasium. A total of 169 players from across the district and beyond, including some from Western Province and Overberg, registered.

Players who participated in this event are eligible for selection to the Cape Winelands Chess Union team, which will represent the Cape Winelands District at the SAJCC (South African Junior Chess Championship) in December in Boksburg, Gauteng.

Heinrich Johnson won gold in the Open Section and Nathan Amsterdam won silver, followed by Deon Pick with bronze. The nine-year-old Shaunnah Kruger also competed in the Open Section, which is usually for the over 18 players, winning three of her seven rounds. The organisers gave her a special award for Biggest Upset of the tournament.Cape Winelands Chess has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years and boast with the largest number of girl players nationally per district. Chess helps improve concentration and analytical thinking, and helps children think strategically. It is a disciplined sport and encourages independence.

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