Saturday, 26 July 2014

SA Schools Individual Championship Report

According to Mr Vicky Magu, KwaZulu-Natal has the potential to do well. KwaZulu-Natal was well represented at the South African Schools Individual Championship that took place in Bloemfontein from the 10th to 12th July 2014. The KwaZulu-Natal school representatives braving the cold were determined not only to show the potential our province possesses but also bring home the medals illustrating that potential should not be the only word associated with us but rather include words such as talent, skill and champions.
Top 3 in each age group (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19) and division (Boys and Girls) were to be awarded medals. KwaZulu-Natal secured 14 of the 36 possible medals with 10 other players positioned between 4th and 10th. Positions are as follows:
U9 Girls: 1st Aarti Datharam (GCC); 2nd Diya Datharam (GCC)
U11 Girls: 2nd Karmishta Moodley (GCC); 4th Santham Moodley; 5th Priyasha Naidoo (GCC)
U11 Boys: 1st Naseem Essa (GCC); 3rd Eli-Jordan Govender (GCC)
U13 Girls: 1st Zahra Kara (GCC); 5th Dayaan Parthiephal (GCC)
U13 Boys: 1st Sachin Reddy (GCC); 2nd Cailin Chetty (GCC); 4th Aaron Jude Naidu
U15 Girls: 1st Keyana Padayachee; 2nd Saiyuri Naidoo (GCC)
U15 Boys: 5th Shivar Gopaulsingh (GCC); 6th Tarendra Moodley; 8th Liam Moodley (GCC)
U17 Girls: 2nd Nobuhle Ndunakazi
U17 Boys: 1st Kenyon Padayachee; 3rd Kyran Appanna; 4th Jivorn Reddy
U19 Girls: 3rd Viashna Hansraj; 4th Caitlin Chetty (GCC)
U19 Boys: 8th Kieron Dowie
On behalf of the Glenwood Chess Club Executive Committee, and a member of the KwaZulu-Natal School Chess group that was in Bloemfontein, I would like to congratulate all KwaZulu-Natal players for representing their province to the best of their ability, for achieving what they did and reinforcing that KwaZulu-Natal Junior Chess is a force to be reckoned with. I would like to further extend congratulations to all those members that play in the Glenwood Chess Club (GCC). We are a proud club to have a strong contingent of junior players and also to witness others growing in their chess becoming stronger over time. 

  Family Affair: Sisters Aarti (centre) and Diya Datharam (right) claiming 1st and 2nd place respectively.

 One of the ladies for the future… Karmishta Moodley (centre)
 Young Guns Eli-Jordan Govender (left) and Naseem Essa (right)

The leading lady… Zahra Kara (right)

Well done Sachin Reddy, emerging victorious from a tough u13 Boys section

Dynamite coming in small packages with love from KZN… Saiyuri Naidoo (centre) and Keyana Padayachee (right)

 Nobuhle Ndunakazi (centre) flying high for KZN u17 Girls

Mr Vicky Magu saw the light surrounding himself with KZN Talent… Kyran Appanna (left) and Kenyon Padayachee (right)

Viashna Hansraj (left) going BIG in the u19 Girls

Thank you to Mr Bongani Mkhunya (KZNCA Schools and Youth Representative) for organising this whole experience and for allowing me to be part of it. Thank you to Mr Vicky Magu for organising the tournament and allowing us to come take home his trophies.
Written by Divesh Sookdeo