Chess now compulsory at the DSK Cape Town

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

At the German International School (DSK) in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, chess was declared a compulsory subject in the primary school last year.

The DSK has its own resident international chess master on the staff. Watu Kobese is one of the highest ranked players in South Africa, and is also in charge of DSK’s new chess academy and its linked social outreach programme. Every second week, Kobese and DSK chess players visit Thembani Primary School in Langa settlement to teach children from grades 1 to 7 the basics of chess.

Last year, the DSK hosted the DSK International Chess Open 2013. Almost 400 participants took part in this prestigious event, and the school was thrilled that DSK learner Enzo Bergmanns was victorious in the junior division. Besides the junior, open and prestige tournaments, the DSK hosted the first ever Grandmaster event in South Africa. Six Grandmasters from all over the world, including youth world champion Alexander Ipatov from Turkey, competed for the trophy. Another tournament will be held this year on 13 September and anyone can participate — novice or seasoned professional.

Category: Autumn 2014

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