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African Chess Lounge A: Weekend Round-Up!

The echoes of clashing pieces and the ticking of the clock marked yet another thrilling weekend for the African Chess Lounge A team. As the dust settled, the outcomes showcased the sheer resilience and tactical prowess of our players.


Maties B, a valiant effort

Round 7 (2023/08/26 at 09h30): Setting the tone for the weekend, our home game against "Blackjacks B" was nothing short of spectacular. The team emerged with an emphatic victory, shutting out the opposition with a pristine score of 6 : 0. Every move resonated with intent, as our players showcased their superior strategy on the board.


• Hempe, Lilitha (1821) bested Koopstadt, Rudy (1413), ending the game at 1 - 0.

• Mncwabe, Minenhle Junior (1785) overcame Flink, Angelo (1459), concluding at 1 - 0.

• Moodley, Yudhisthira (1485) defeated Cunningham, Lezerick (1315), with a score of 1 - 0.

• Shapiro, Matthew (1324) outclassed Visagie, Cheslin (1022), securing a score of 1 - 0.

• Salimu, Chase (1265) showcased his dominance against Pharo, Keenan (1059), ending the match at 1 - 0.

• Somai, Ruhan (1358) triumphed over Laloo, Jody (1135), finishing with a score of 1 - 0.


Return of the King: Yudhi "Le Dash" Moodley

*Round 8 (2023/08/26 at 14h30):* Riding the momentum, the team traveled to face "Cape Peninsula University". Displaying a symphony of tactical brilliance, the Lounge clinched another win, concluding the game with a score of 5 : 1. The rhythm of the pieces moving in harmony portrayed a team in sync, each player contributing to the collective triumph.

• Selepe, Lwazi (1776) and Hempe, Lilitha (1821) played to a draw, finishing at ½ - ½.

• Salem, Abdarahim (1692) was bested by Mncwabe, Minenhle Junior (1785), concluding at 0 - 1.

• Nyoni, Gabriel (1532) and Moodley, Yudhisthira (1485) ended their game in a tie, with a score of ½ - ½.

• Mguce, Vuyo (1174) couldn't fend off Makhupane, Phuthang (1585), ending the match at 0 - 1.

• Sithole, Bongumusa Kevin (1123) was defeated by Shapiro, Matthew (1324), finishing at 0 - 1.

• Ndlovu, Andile faced a loss against Somai, Ruhan (1358), with a score of 0 - 1.


Ruhan Somai, Growing in Strength and Character

*Round 3 (2023/08/27 at 09h30):* A Round that kept everyone on the edge of their seats, the final moments saw the African Chess Lounge A team pull through with a thrilling victory of 3½ : 2½. The applause at the end was a testament to the high-quality game that unfolded.

• Hempe, Lilitha (1821) squared off against Willenberg, Glen (1606) and clinched a solid victory with 1 - 0.

• Mncwabe, Minenhle Junior (1785) and Willenberg, Roland (1637) ended their intense duel in a draw, with a score of ½ - ½.

• Moodley, Yudhisthira (1485) faced a setback against Bouah, Denise (1684), concluding at 0 - 1.

• Makhupane, Phuthang (1585) displayed his skills against Barends, Baziel (1625) and secured a win at 1 - 0.

• Salimu, Chase (1265) was outplayed by Frick, Jacques (1654), with the game ending at 0 - 1.

• Somai, Ruhan (1358) showcased his prowess against De Waal, Riaan (1608), finishing strong at 1 - 0.


Puthang Makhupane, Solid as a Rock

*Round 4 (2023/08/05 at 14h30):* Our round against "Stellenbosch Maties B" was a test of mettle. Despite the valiant efforts, the Maties B faced a nail-biting loss with a score of 2½ : 3½.

• Frank, Daniel (1519) and Salimu, Reuben (1869) showcased a thrilling performance, ending in a tie with a score of ½ - ½.

• Nieuwoudt, Dawid (1408) was overcome by Mncwabe, Minenhle Junior (1785, with the game concluding at 0 - 1.

• Geyser, Kobus (1513) triumphed over Moodley, Yudhisthira (1485), scoring 1 - 0.

• Bastiaan, Gino (1250) couldn't fend off Makhupane, Phuthang (1585), ending the game at 0 - 1.

• Adams, Matthew (1559) was bested by Salimu, Chase (1265), finishing at 0 - 1.

• Wolff, Ulrich (1445) secured a win against Somai, Ruhan (1358), with a final score of 1 - 0.


Minenhle Mncwabe, Humble Assasin

With such a commanding presence on the board across multiple rounds, the African Chess Lounge A team has indeed solidified its reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the WP Club League 2023 B Division. The precision, strategy, and skill displayed by each player is commendable. We eagerly await their next games and wish them continued success in the forthcoming matches!


Effect of good leadership, our president Mr Somai, already thinking ahead

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