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Level-1 WC chess underway

West Coast Chess is back in the swing of things under national Level-1 lockdown, with chess players in Vredendal playing over-the-board (OTB) chess recently.

Since the start of the pandemic, chess players as in all other sports had to find innovative ways to practise their beloved sport. Maybe for chess it was a little easy to move from OTB to online platforms. However, it also presented major challenges. For example, a number of top players do not have access to resources to play chess online.

Chess players in the West Coast and administrative officials have been preparing to go back to over the board play as soon as the conditions were right. The officials were trained in Covid-19 protocols that need to be adhered to under lockdown Level 1, and the club administrators were guided in the process of drawing up a Covid-19 plan to apply to play Over the board chess.

Enough of the technical stuff. The Olifantsrivier Chess Club in the Matzikama municipal area of Vredendal made history as the first club on the West Coast to host an over-the-board tournament again.

Even though no spectators were allowed in the playing venue and only 24 players participated in the event, it was still enjoyable for the players who were hungry to play over-the-board chess.

There were two sections of players, the development section with six players and the open section with 18 players.

The development players played a five-round, round-robin tournament, and the open section played a seven-round Swiss tournament.

The final standings for the development section were 1. Jansen van Rensburg and Johannes Martinus, 2. Ellman Elle-Marie, 3. Owies Fazlin, 4. Goemas Mason, 5. Maletta Sherevitho and 6. Goemas Dalvin.

The final standings for the open section, top five, were: Booysen Jenilo, Maletta Legene, Ellman Anne-Belle, Ligwa Anastacia and Cronje Martin.

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