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Cape Town Masters: The final 3 rounds!
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Cape Town Masters: The final 3 rounds!

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CM Khanya Mazibuko was the one to beat after round 6. He was half a point clear of the field (5.5/6). The final 3 rounds were as unpredictable as it could possible get! 

Left to right: Khanya Mazibuko, Watu Kobese (hand on face) and Craig Willenberg
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Left to right: Khanya Mazibuko, Watu Kobese (hand on face) and Craig Willenberg

After a 7th round draw for Khanya and a win for Jan Karsten (2310) against Watu Kobese (2276), there was a tie for first place with 6/7. The last two rounds were about to determine who would win this year's edition of the Cape Town Masters.

The tables turned in round 8. CM Kenny Willenberg proved why he's still one of Cape Town's best chess players after defeating Khanya Mazibuko with the black pieces in a beautifully played Sicilian!

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CM Kenny Willenberg (1865)

The round left Jan Karsten leading the tournament (7/8) with Kenny in SECOND place (6/8). Jan only needed half a point in the last round to secure first place in the tournament. In true fashion, he displayed his best chess and won his final game a WHOLE POINT clear of the field, scoring an impressive 8/9.

One of the games that stood out in the final round (and possibly the entire tournament!) was the one between Steinitz Club teammates Ethan Samuels (1843) and Craig Willenberg (2049). A game that started off with the rarely seen 1. Nf3, quickly transposed to the Chigorin. On move 18, Craig went all out, sacrificing his knight with Nxe4?! Ethan found the best continuation with a stunning sacrifice of his own near the end! Ethan eventually won the game.

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Craig Willenberg (2049)

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Ethan Samuels (1843)

The Cape Town Masters 2024 drew to a close. We were blessed with exciting chess, amazing interviewees and of course an incredible atmosphere here in Sea Point, Cape Town. I hope broadcast more local events like this one.

I had the privilege to chat to some awesome chess players. All interviews can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/@Jesse_Feb/videos Don't forget to like and subscribe to support the channel!

Here is one of my recent interviews with organiser and President of the Western Province Union. He spoke about his plans with chess in the Western Province and his vision for the near future.

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