Monday, 5 May 2014

Max Euwe Memorial

Dr Max Euwe (20 May 1901 - 26 November 1981) was a Dutch chess Grandmaster, World Chess Champion (1935 - 1937), and FIDE President (1970 - 1978).  Euwe (pronounced uhr-vuh) earned a doctorate in mathematics at the University of Amsterdam.  Euwe had also won the Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Championship of Europe.  Euwe also authored or co-authored a number of highly instructional chess books, including "The Road to Chess Mastery", "The Middle Game" - books 1 and 2, "Judgment and Planning in Chess", and "Chess Master vs Chess Amateur".

Glenwood Chess Club hosted it's first open swiss tournament: Max Euwe Memorial to commemorate this former World Chess Champion and his contributions to chess.  GCC saw 69 players pitting wits against each other from 2 May to 4 May 2014.  Durban's veteran Cyril Danisa gloriously emerged clear first with 6/7 against tough competition. 

Euwe Memorial Champion: Cyril Danisa.

Most at the tournament would not know this fact: The tournament's esteemed Arbiter Keith Rust actually had the privilege of playing a game against Dr Max Euwe!  Click here to see how the young Keith Rust pulled off a draw against former World Champion Max Euwe, some 40 years ago!

Euwe(73) about to play 9. c3 against the 16 year old Keith Rust.(9 May 1974)

Considering GCC's committee used less than a week to prepare for the tournament, the youthful committee with a driven passion for chess organized and run an excellent tournament.

The results after round 7 are here