Curro independent school in Durbanville recently hosted the inaugural Curro Open event. This year the event was limited to players under the age of 21 and a staggering 180 entries were received. The tournament featured three sections: Beginners, Youth (rated between 900 and 1 400) and the Premier section (>1 400). All sections were fully rated.
The prize-giving was hosted by the MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer. In addressing the players and parents before presenting the medals, Dr Meyer emphasised the benefits of chess not only for assisting academic achievement but also for learning valuable life skills – to plan ahead and strategise, to take personal responsibility for your actions and the fact that your actions have consequences. He also praised the Curro independent school for making chess a priority sport in the school.
The winner of the Premier section was Paul Darling, while 11-year-old Liam van Wyngaardt walked away with the trophy in the Youth section.
The tournament was such a great success that Curro plans on expanding it next year to include players of all ages
11-year-old Liam van Wyngaardt walked away with the trophy in the Youth section
The winner of the Premier section was Paul Darling