The Boardwalk proudly plays host to the 2019 Boardwalk Pearson Open Chess Open for the second consecutive year from 25 March to 3 April 2019. Chess grandmasters as well as emerging chess players will be competing in the event which is accredited and recognized by the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym).
The Grandmasters (GM) Norm field – which is by invitation only – features players from India, France and Belarus who will compete from 25 March to 3 April in a series of competitions. The FIDE Open – open to all players – will take place from 28 to 31 March and the Development section – for primary school learners – will take place on 30 March. The GM Norm Field and FIDE Open will be rated by FIDE, Chess South Africa (CHESSA), and the URS. Chess players are called to register to compete in the 2019 Boardwalk Pearson Open Chess Open before 20h00 on 25 March. For information, contact Tinus Goosen on 083 299 0292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Boardwalk is honoured to partner with Pearson High School to stage this prestigious chess tournament again in 2019. The Eastern Cape is home to many chess enthusiasts, many of whom have represented South Africa internationally. It is wonder to see the game of chess alive and thriving in the modern world. Certainly, seeing the players, especially the youth, coming through the ranks and become recognised is most inspiring and we look forward to seeing them all in action at the tournament,” says The Boardwalk’s General Manager, Mike van Vuuren.
The Boardwalk has long been a proud supporter of local chess and chess development. It has been in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Chess Union since 2011 and has played host to the Commonwealth Chess Championships 2013, the African Youth Chess Championships in 2013, the Eastern Cape Close Chess Tournament 2015 and the African Youth Chess Championships 2016.
The public is encouraged to visit The Boardwalk during the 2019 Boardwalk Pearson Open Chess Open to watch some of the exciting chess battles. The tournament runs daily from 25 March to 3 April at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre. The action kicks off at time each day.
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