The Kraaifontein Chess Club was founded in April 2016 with the objective establishing a broad-based community chess development programme in Kraaifontein. The club currently operates from the Kraaifontein library and provides opportunities for chess training (coaching), friendly chess matches as well as competition play for players for beginner, intermediate and advanced level. The club is managed by a very capable executive committee and is active throughout the year.
The club uses chess as an instrument to facilitate social interaction and creates an environment where people from the different communities and social groups within Kraaifontein can meet and socialise together. Within this environment chess players, enthusiasts and supporters are exposed to persons that can act as life coaches, positive role models and mentors to them and they are also presented with opportunities to informally network with business and other professionals.
Since its establishment the club have shown consistent growth and has been well supported by the community of
Kraaifontein. Some of our activities are listed below:
The club have regular weekly chess practice and coaching sessions on Wednesday evenings and hosted several chess tournaments over the past three years. These club events have been well supported by Kraaifontein residents, learners from local schools and chess players from across the Cape Peninsula.
Our youth chess development programme is one of the biggest chess programmes facilitated by a chess club in the Western Cape. Weekly chess training sessions are being hosted every Wednesday afternoon at the Kraaifontein library, targeting learners from nearby schools. This chess training programme was further extended to provide chess training sessions at Eikendal Library as well as schools in Wallacedene and Northpine. Currently our chess training programme reaches well over 300 learners at schools in Kraaifontein.
Annually, during the second weekend in December, the club hosts the Kraaifontein Open Chess Tournament. This event has been successfully hosted since 2016 and attracts participants from across the Cape Peninsula.
KRAAIFONTEIN OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT – DECEMBER 2018
During 2018 the club had four teams that participated in the WP Chess League and this year we expect to enter seven teams to play in the 2019 WP Chess League.
The club recently participated in the following chess tournaments held in and around Cape Town: “:
WALLACEDENE YOUTH CHESS TOURNAMENT – APRIL 2019
Some of the notable achievements of the Kraaifontein Chess Club and our players included the following:
The Kraaifontein Chess Club require assistance in the following areas:
Experienced (adult) chess players to provide opposition and mentorship to young chess players. Advance level coaching for chess players.
Assistance at fundraising activities and events. Transport for players to chess tournaments.
Catering for player lunches during chess tournaments.
Financial assistance of players that will participate in SA Junior Chess Championship (SAJCC) in Johannesburg during January 2020.
Purchase of chess equipment, chess literature and chess computer software. Sponsorship of trophies, medal and prizes for chess tournaments.
Dedicated venue for club practice sessions and events.
We hope that our intervention within the Kraaifontein communities through our chess development programme will lead to the development and grooming of young men and women that will aspire to greatness, be respectful of people from different social classes and can one day also act as positive role models, mentors and leaders within their communities.
B H VAN STAADEN
24 June 2019
BERNADINO HEIGHTS YOUTH CHESS TOURNAMENT – JUNE 2018
|ARON BOYISI||ETHAN PARENZEE|
|Winner of Prestige Section||Winner of Open Section|
|Cape of Good Hope Open (2019)||Western Province Open|
EDWIN NOVEMBER Winner of Prestige Section Steinitz Open (2019
Winner of Prestige Section
Chess can be Fun!!
KRAAIFONTEIN CHESS TRAINING CAMP – MARCH 2019