10:21, Saturday, 29th April, 2017

The Capablanca Chess Festival has now reached the half way stage and most sections are very closely contested. At the end of round 5 there is only 1 player among the top 5 Round Robin sections with a full score (Masiya Mfuno in the RR C) which clearly demonstrates the benefits of the strength vs strength format of the event.

The IM event saw some big changes yesterday as IM Rodwell Makoto beat the early leader GM Sahaj Grover to join him at the top of the table on 4/5. 17 year old FM Daniel Barrish also held GM Farrukh Amonatov to a draw which means that Farrukh is the 3rd player in the tie at the top on 4/5.

The RRA Section is currently lead by FM Roberto de Abreu on 4/5 while there is a major fight developing in the RRB section where Khanya Mazibuko and local coach Jaco Nelson currently share the lead on 3.5/5.

Full results and standings are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr268478.aspx?lan=1 together with the games from the first 4 rounds in all sections.

Round 6 games from all sections will commence at 4pm this afternoon and will be live at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/ and on the FollowChess App.

All photos are again provided by Reint Dykema who has now posted hundreds of images from the event on the Tshwane Chess facebook page. These can all be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TshwaneChess/photos/?tab=albums

15:45, Friday, 28th April, 2017

The 2017 PSS Rapid and Blitz Open took place at Marks Park Sports Club over the weekend of 22/23 April. Featuring 3 GM's and a total of 19 titled players in the top section it was undoubtedly one of the top rapid events ever held in Southern Africa.

The top event consisted of a 10 round FIDE rated rapid event played at a rate of 25/25 = 10 secs per move as well as a 10 round blitz tournament at 3/3 + 2 seconds a move.

GM Sahaj Grover from India and GM Farrukh Amonatov from Tajikistan lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favorites and shared 1st place in the rapid with 8.5/10 each.

Farrukh then clearly demonstrated why he is rated as one of the best blitz players in the world as he demolished the field to score 9.5/10 to win the blitz event!

A special mention must also be made of 16 year old Keith Kumalo who won the junior prize in the rapid tournament before he beat GM Sahaj Grover in the blitz on the way to placing 3rd overall. The elite players in Gauteng have known for a while that Keith has impressive blitz and rapid skills but not many would have predicted exactly how good these actually are. Keith is expected to secure a blitz rating in excess of 2300+ when the new FIDE lists are published in May 2017 and we will be keeping a close eye on his next performances to see if he can justify this rating in future events!

Both tournaments were carried live on Chess24 as well as on the FollowChess App and we wish to thank both platforms for carrying live games for us.

There were also 4 open tournaments played in parallel with the main event and these were run in conjunction with Johannesburg North West Chess.

The Open A section was won by Brighton Mthunzi and Jose Wang Hao Mwale while the B Section saw a 3 way tie between Ntshuxeko Mabasa, Ernest Sabawu and Karabo Teeke. The C event was dominated by the ladies where Nicole Nyoni and Sharon Ndaba shared first place. Mohammad Tarafdar was the only player in the whole tournament to record a perfect score as he scored 5/5 to win the U/10 event.

The final standings from all events are available at

The PGN files from the Rapid and Blitz tournaments are now also available at the following links for players who want to download them:

Rapid Games: http://chess-results.com/PartieSuche.aspx?lan=1&id=50023&tnr=268475&art=3

Blitz: http://chess-results.com/PartieSuche.aspx?lan=1&id=50023&tnr=270592&art=3

07:36, Friday, 28th April, 2017


Following the successful tour by GM Kenny Solomon, IM Daniel Jere touched down in Dar es Salaam on the 13th April 2017 for the 2nd portion of the Tanzanian leg of the Chess Masters for Africa Tour.

He started by conducting a simultaneous exhibition with the top 10 youth players in the country. His opponents included members of the Tanzanian under 16 team who would shortly be departing to Mombasa, Kenya for Zone 4.2 under 16 team championship. The session was followed by game analysis during which Daniel placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of studying chess literature to improve.

On Saturday, the trainees started their first session where Daniel focused on combinations and tactical play, how to pick the right candidate move, and calculation skills. On Sunday,
he focused on positional analysis and planning.

On Monday, Daniel conducted a very interesting session on the importance of post-game analysis, stressing the importance of this discipline. Each trainee had one of their old games analysed by the group with Daniel assisting and guiding the discussions. The trainees learnt how to analyse their own games and improve with the help of the different materials that are now available in the CMAT chess library.

Tuesday saw Daniel and the trainees visited the SOS Children’s Village which currently houses over 130 children in 13 separate properties! The trainees introduced chess to at least 2 children per house who would later pass the knowledge on to the rest of their house members.

One chess board and set was donated to each house while one of the trainees delivered a lesson. IM Jere motivated the children with a very nice lecture focusing on the advantages of chess as a game.

Later that same afternoon Daniel opened the very first chess library at the Hassuji Chess Academy. The library will house all the books that have been sent to Tanzania to support the CMAT tour and will ensure that these can be accessed by all chess players throughout the country in the future.

On Wednesday 18th April, Daniel concluded the 2nd tour by conducting the traditional one on one feedback sessions with each trainee.

We wish to thank Daniel for the incredible contribution he has made to the development of chess in Tanzania and we hope to see him back in the country in the near future!

14:54, Thursday, 27th April, 2017

The 2017 PSS Capablanca Chess Festival is now fully up and running and has attracted more than 250 players from across the African Continent. This year's festival has features a tournament record of 8 separate Round Robin events and also sees more than 170 additional players participating in the various weekend Swiss tournaments.

The top 5 round robin sections are being broadcast live on Chess24 and the FollowChess Application where games can be viewed daily at 9am and 4pm. Round 3 is currently in progress and all results and games can be accessed at http://chess-results.com/tnr271699.aspx?lan=1

The IM section has seen GM Sahaj Grover take an early lead with 2/2 while 15 year old Jack van Zyl Rudd has also started well with 2/2 in the Round Robin A section.

All photos are courtesy of Reint Dykema who is the official photographer for the event. His full albums containing the hundreds of similar images are available at https://www.facebook.com/pg/TshwaneChess/photos/?tab=albums

We wish to thank our partners Tshwane Chess and PSS for making this event possible and we look forward to a lot of fighting chess over the next 4 days.

Anyone wanting to follow the live games can do so daily at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments and at

10:58, Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

Following immediately on from the PSS Rapid and Blitz Open, the 2017 Capablanca Chess Festival will start this afternoon with the IM event beginning at 4pm and the other Round Robin sections at 6pm.

The IM Norm event has an average rating of 2330 and includes 3 GM's and 2 IM's in the field including Zimbabwe Number 1 Rodwell Makoto and Zambia's number 2 in Daniel Jere. The A Round Robin tournament has an average rating of 2070 and has CM Musa Simutowe as the top seed at 2198.

Games from the IM section, RRA and RRB will be available live on the FollowChessApp at https://live.followchess.com/#!pss-capablanca-im-2017 and on Chess24 at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/pss-capablanca-2017-im#live

The draws for all round robin sections have been published and are available at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr271691.aspx?lan=1

We wish all participants the best of luck in what has become one of our flagship events over the years!

21:10, Thursday, 20th April, 2017

KCF is pleased to confirm that the top games from the forthcoming PSS Rapid and Blitz (22/23 April) and the Capablanca Chess Festival (26 April - 1 May) will be broadcast live on both Chess24 and via the Follow Chess Mobile Application.

These events will both take place in the province of Gauteng in South Africa and feature top international players including GM Farrukh Amonatov, GM Sahaj Grover and GM Sriram Jha.

Players from 9 different federations are already confirmed to be taking part including top African participants from South Africa, Kenya, Cote dIvoire, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Libya, and Mozambique.

We look forward to watching some of the best players in Southern Africa take on the international GM's. Games from the PSS Rapid and Blitz tournament will be available at the following links throughout the course of this coming weekend. The links for the FollowChess App as well as for the top sections at Capablanca will be provided shortly.

Chess24 Broadcast for PSS Rapid

Chess24 Broadcast for PSS Blitz https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/pss-open-2017-blitz#live

18:17, Tuesday, 18th April, 2017

KCF Africa has noted with sadness the news from Zimbabwe regarding the untimely death of ZCF President, Mr Charles Kuwaza. Charles has been at the helm of chess in Zimbabwe for more than 30 years and his contribution to the game of chess in his country has been enormous.

Today saw the final round of the 2017 Easter Open and we know Charles would have wanted to be present at the prize giving ceremony to congratulate the tournament winner's Kela Siame, IM Chitumbo Mwali and IM Rodwell Makoto.

The African chess community will miss his leadership and we mourn his loss and extend our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

09:56, Sunday, 16th April, 2017

Easter Sunday sees the Zimbabwe Easter Open reach the half way mark with rounds 5 and 6 scheduled to be completed today. The top seeds are yet to meet but are all still in contention near the top of the table.

At the end of round 4, IM Chitumbo Mwali from Zambia shared the lead on 3.5/4 with unrated Vitalis Mapuranga and 8th seed, Kudakwashe Sibanda from Zimbabwe. IM's Rodwell Makoto and Stanley Chumfu were both lurking half a point back on 3/4.

The prestige section attracted a total of 46 players while the open section has attracted a field in excess of 150! The large number of juniors in the open section definitely bodes well for the next generation of chess players in Zimbabwe.

Latest standings and results from Zimbabwe are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr269195.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821

The weekend also sees another strong event taking place in Cape Town in the form of the Steinitz Cape Town International. GM Sahaj Grover currently leads this event with a perfect score of 4/4 and is looking tough to stop having won the blitz event on Thursday with a perfect 7/7.

Sahaj faces Kenneth Willenberg in round 5, the only player still within a half point of the lead. Results from Steinitz can be tracked at http://chess-results.com/tnr274937.aspx?lan=1

10:27, Thursday, 13th April, 2017

GM Sahaj Grover and IM Rodwell Makoto are the respective top seeds at the 2017 Steinitz Cape Town International and the 2017 Zimbabwe Easter Open which will both be starting on Friday 14th April. Both are top international events with a number of titled players participating.

The respective player's lists are available at the following links
Steinitz: http://chess-results.com/tnr274937.aspx?lan=1
Zimbabwe: http://chess-results.com/tnr269195.aspx?lan=1

Anyone still wanting to participate is asked to register with the local organizers asap.

17:23, Friday, 7th April, 2017

Report from 2nd CMAT Tour to Namibia – IM Rodwell Makoto (By CM Charles Eichab)

The visit by IM Rodwell Makoto took place less than 6 weeks after the highly successful visit of GM Pontus Carlsson. The tours have come at an excellent time as there is a growing preoccupation with chess in Namibia in general and at a school level in particular. There is therefore a far larger interest and need for chess training then at any other time in our chess journey. The sessions have helped us a lot in our quest to build a huge base of chess players and the train-the-trainer program has been a blessing to help us find the missing pieces in our chess development as a country.

As with the previous tour, the IM’s sessions were very well structured. Friday was used as a recap and a chance to get to know each other while the weekend sessions were split between practical advise to the trainers on Saturday and more theoretical approaches on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday included school visits where the coaches were given their first opportunities to deliver lessons in actual classrooms.


24 March 2017 – Our first training session was conducted in the Thuringer Hof conference room where IM Makoto had a chance to meet all the trainees. The session was a mixture of a recap on the use of databases and a chance to learn about teaching methodologies.

25 March 2017 – The Saturday class was loaded with practical advise for the coaches. The topics ranged from how to deal with overbearing parents to issues of typical conflicts experienced by an average coach. Rodwell explained how to teach different types of children and the girl-child in particular. In all these areas, the IM seem to be quite adept and offered ready and good advice to the coaches.

26 March 2017 – Whereas GM Pontus focused on building up the individual strength of the coaches and dealing with their particular needs, IM Makoto zoomed in on teaching methodologies and how to approach the different aspects / phases of the game. We spent an entire day learning Opening, Middle-game and Endgame themes and how each should be taught. Many of the key ideas were drawn from the IM’s own praxis.

27 March 2017 – The first group of the trainees visited Gammams Primary School which is one of the oldest public schools in Windhoek. The IM had a chance to interact with the learners but most importantly to assess the trainers.

28 March 2017 – The second group of trainees visited Khomas High School for their assessment where they also had an opportunity to deliver lessons and receive feedback from Rodwell on areas where they could improve.

29 March 2017 - IM Rodwell left for Johannesburg after a fantastic week. We thank him for his time and look forward to tackling the various assignments that have been left behind for each trainee to complete.