Thursday, January 06, 2005

IOL: Sport

IOL: Sport: " South Africa boasts seven chess geniuses

January 05 2005 at 06:34PM

Heinrich Stander, a grade 10 pupil from the Waterkloof Ho�rskool, made history by winning the Africa Junior Chess Championship recently in Lusaka, Zambia.

By winning this tournament, the 15-year-old has earned the title of International Master (IM) and will be awarded the title of Grandmaster.

These accolades are extremely prestigious and are sanctioned by the world chess body Fide. There are now seven IMs in South Africa.

The leading superstar IM is Soweto-based IM Watu Kobese, who was the coach and trainer of Stander.

Stander will now represent Africa in the World Junior Chess Championships of 2005.

To participate in the Africa event Stander beat 1 200 juniors. The event was held in Johannesburg in November."

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