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Newsletter 2 of 2013 Greetings from the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa, and welcome to our second newsletter of 2013! Our first event of the 2013 calendar year was the Waterkloof Open and congratulations are definitely due to Marissa van der Merwe and her exceptional team for running another outstanding tournament! We have also made progress with a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities and we are confident that we will have some exciting announcements on this front in our next edition. Players looking for a chance to play in another major international tournament are encouraged to look at the 2013 Capablanca Open which will be held in Pretoria at the end of April. This event is expected to feature two separate IM norm sections this year and will also offer a host of strong FIDE rated round robins for players looking to secure or improve on their FIDE ratings. Feedback and / or contributions to this newsletter are always welcome so please feel free to respond should you have comments or suggestions for items you would like to see included in future editions. Graham Jurgensen Director – KCF Africa

2013 Waterkloof International KCF Africa co-sponsored the 2013 Waterkloof International chess tournament which took place from the 27th February to the 2nd March at Waterkloof High School in Pretoria. This event continues to go from strength to strength and this year attracted more than 450 players from a variety of African countries. In the FIDE rated prestige section, CM Daniel Cawdery was the sole winner whilst the schools new coach FM Nicholas van der Nat shared the spoils in the open section with IM Johannes Mabusela and Patrick Katema. Results of the top sections are available at chess, see Prestige: Open:

There were also some nice interviews conducted during the tournament and these can be viewed at for those that are interested.

2013 Capablanca Open (26th April – 1st May in Pretoria) Our next scheduled tournament is the 2013 Capablanca Open which will again be held at the EduPlex in Pretoria! The tournament will again feature an IM Norm section and will also offer a host of other FIDE rated round events. The flagship round robin format that was trialled at this of event in 2012 proved to be a huge success and will no doubt attract a stellar field again in 2013. The tournament will again offer a good chance for players to secure or improve on their FIDE ratings. The tournament details have now been released and are now available at al%20v.2.pdf. Players that are interested in participating in the FIDE rated sections are reminded to please enter early as the fields are typically finalised more than a week prior to the start of the tournament. If you are interested in participated, please enter asap at Foreign based titled players who wish to enquire about participation or conditions should please direct queries to or

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KCF Africa Newletter 2 of 2013  

The second newsletter from Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa for 2013

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