Chess Tournament starts in Bloemfontein


Mark Steenbok

Approximately 60 teams consisting out of 240 players embraced Bloemfontein today to contest in the PWC Invitational Chess Tournament.

The 14th edition of the tournament for High Schools started this after afternoon with a short introduction and welcoming by tournament organiser Louise Pretorius and the respective arbiter’s at the Grey College High School.

Teams from far and wide stepped into the Grey College hall this afternoon, to compete in the tournament, with teams from as far as Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Upington all attending.

The defending champions Waterkloof High School is again in attendance this year, where teams will battle it out for the next two days for the ultimate price of R8 000.

Teams are split into two sections, with a team consisting out of four players and one reserve.

One section will be for your more experienced players; and another for the less experienced players.

They will compete in a five round Swiss team tournament; with the first round taking place from 14:30 and the second round starting at 19:00 tonight after the supper break.

Tomorrow morning the third round will start at 08:30, while the fourth (11:00)  fifth round (14:00) respectively all take place on Saturday.

The rate is 60/60 which means every player have 60 minutes to complete his/her game.

The winning team will be the one with the most game points. If game points are equal; teams will then share the price money.

The prize giving ceremony is scheduled to take place at 16:15 on Saturday evening.