Ladies who enjoy the challenge of a game of chess are invited to enter the SA Women’s Open Chess Championships 2007, which will take place from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th April, in the Banking Court of Cresta Shopping Centre.
The event is hosted by the Gauteng Junior Chess Association, which has posted entry forms on-line at its website. Ladies wishing to participate must submit entry forms before 12:00 on Tuesday 24th April, when entries close.
The championships are open to women (and girls) of all ages, and prizes to be won will include R2000 for the winner, R1000 for 2nd place, and R500 for third place, as well as a book prize for the best player in each age group.
The event will consist of seven rounds, the first of which will be played on Thursday starting at 17:30pm after the official opening. Rounds 2 and 3 will be played on Friday; Rounds 4 and 5 on Saturday; and Rounds 6 and 7 on Sunday.
All participants must be registered with CHESSA – entrants who are not can do so at the tournament, an hour before the start of the first round on Thursday.
All participants will be also required to play all seven rounds, and as the event will be a rated tournament, notations (the writing down of moves) will be necessary.
A special guest at the event will be USA Women’s Chess Champion (2002 and 2004) and Woman Grand Master, Jennifer Shahade.
Jennifer will be analysing the games, and promoting her book ‘Chess Bitch: Woman in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport’ at the championships.
She will also be participating in an exciting Woman Grand Master Simultaneous Event at the tournament, where she will play a number of players at the same time, walking around a central round area making one move at a time, in an attempt to beat them all.
The SA Women’s Open Chess Championships will give participants a chance to play against some of our country’s top female players, and perhaps even have a friendly blitz (1 minute) game with the Grand Master herself.
The top players in the tournament will be invited to participate in the SA Women’s Closed Chess Championships.
For more information, contact Allyson on 082 689 3912, or Julia on 082 775 5425.