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South Africa crowns National Chess Champions

The National Open, Women’s and Senior Chess Championships of South Africa took place from 7-14 May in Cape Town. The Open and Seniors events were played in 9 round robin rounds, while the Women’s event had 8 players who battled it out through 7 round robin rounds.

IM Daniel Cawdery and FM Banele Mhango tied for the top of the Open section scoring 6 points each, but the tiebreaks criteria were in favor of Daniel Cawdery who claimed the South Africa Championship for the second time in his career (2015, 2022). Banele Mhango clinched silver while GM Kenny Solomon, the only grandmaster in the tournament, won bronze medal.

15-year-old Chloe Badenhorst triumphed the Women’s section with the final score of 5 points. Badenhorst was one of the lowest rated participants, but surprised with great performance winning 117 rating points. WIM Jesse Nikki February was defending the National Champion title, but claimed silver scoring 4.5 points. WIM Charlize Van Zyl was third with 4 points. 

Mark Lewis convincingly won the Seniors Championship with 7.5 points. He had a full point advantage over Hans Steyn and Cecil Ohlson who tied for the second place scoring 6.5 points.

The South African National Chess Championships 2022 were qualifying events for the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. The players with the best results and performance will be in the composition of the South African National team, and the exact compositions of the Open and Women’s teams will be disclosed soon. Follow the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 news here.

Read more: Kyrgyzstan crowns National Chess Champions 2022


Final rankings – South African Open Chess Championship 2022:

Rk. NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1TB2TB3TB4
1IMCawdery Daniel RSA24196122.342.5
2FMMhango Banele RSA22066018.562
3GMSolomon Kenny RSA23565.5018.842
4FMBarrish Daniel RSA22815017.832.5
5IMKobese Watu RSA23244013.821
6FMKlaasen Calvin John RSA22453.509.7521
7FMBhawoodien Shabir Hussain RSA2033307.2520.5
8CMMazibuko Khanya RSA1917205.511
9 Willenberg Kenneth Sean RSA193510501


Final ratings – South African Women’s Chess Championship 2022:

Rk. NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1TB2TB3TB4
1 Badenhorst Chloe RSA1585501341.5
2WIMFebruary Jesse Nikki RSA18904.5011.331
3WIMVan Zyl Charlize RSA1682408.530.5
4WIMLaubscher Anzel RSA17202.50520.5
5WCMSelkirk Rebecca RSA178120420
6 Grobbelaar Jacqui RSA15171.513.7510.5
7 Klaasen Robyn Julian RSA16661.504.510.5


Final rankings – South African Seniors Chess Championship 2022:

Rk.NameRtgPts. TB1TB2TB3TB4
1Lewis Mark 18757.5028.365,5 …
2Steyn Hans 18406.50.526.354,5 …
3Ohlson Cecil 16206.50.521.864,5 …
4Southey Andrew 17566121.554,5 …
5Galleid Stephen 15786022.554,5 …
6Van Schaik Michael 15783.51.57.2521,5 …
7Esau Omar 15213.518.7521,5 …
8Goosen Pierre 14273.50.510.321,5 …
9Gabriels Zaid 13571.503.510,5 …
10Baker Gregory 10440.50300,5 …

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