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South African Chess in Crisis

South African Chess in Crisis

WCM beccrajoy
| 22 days ago

In the past, South African chess players were competing for the top spot in Africa. Today, the fiercest competition is taking place between the two parties claiming to be in charge of Chess South Africa (Chessa). Note that this is an opinion pie...

2021 Daily Disaster Championship: Round 1

2021 Daily Disaster Championship: Round 1

WCM beccrajoy
| Feb 20, 2021

The annual Daily Chess Championship is always a fun and chaotic event to take part in – every year’s championship starts on the first day of the new year, players are put into 12-player groups where they play 22 simultaneous games (2 p...

Can You Play Like (or Better Than) a WCM?

Can You Play Like (or Better Than) a WCM?

WCM beccrajoy
| Jan 11, 2021

Happy New Year everyone, I hope your 2021 is off to a good start! It’s been a while since I did any games or analysis on my blog, so I’ve decided to show some of the games I played at the end of 2020 as part of a classical (60m+10s) do...

Chess Improvement as an Adult

Chess Improvement as an Adult

WCM beccrajoy
| Dec 8, 2020

It’s a question that plagues many of us – how do I improve as an adult chess player? The answer is probably just ‘hard work’ (and no, grinding bullet or blitz does not count as ‘hard work’!). But what, then, to ...

Mouse Slips And Morals

Mouse Slips And Morals

WCM beccrajoy
| Nov 29, 2020

We’ve all been there: you’re dragging your piece across the board in online chess and it just doesn’t land on the square you were aiming for – the dreaded mouse slip has struck again! At best, it’s annoying and you lo...

2020 Update

2020 Update

WCM beccrajoy
| Sep 4, 2020

2020, what a year! We’re 9 months in, and I thought I’d better give an update for those of you who’ve been following my blogs and wondering if I’ll ever post again. I started off the year with grand plans for my blog &nda...

Player Profile: WIM Charlize van Zyl

Player Profile: WIM Charlize van Zyl

WCM beccrajoy
| Jun 12, 2020

Even though the Olympiad has been postponed to 2021, I’ve decided to continue interviewing the members of South Africa’s team, so everyone can continue getting to know our top players better. This was the first interview to take place ...

Player Profile: FM Daniel Barrish

Player Profile: FM Daniel Barrish

WCM beccrajoy
| Mar 23, 2020

FM Daniel Barrish is no stranger to national titles, having won his first u10 SA Championship at the age of seven. Nevertheless, his most recent title is a special one: at the end of last year, Daniel beat out a field of some of South Africa&rsquo...

Player Profile: Robyn van Niekerk

Player Profile: Robyn van Niekerk

WCM beccrajoy
| Mar 9, 2020

Robyn van Niekerk caught everyone’s attention as she stormed to the lead in the 2019 South African Women’s Closed Chess Championships, and she maintained her lead convincingly right up until the final rounds where she narrowly missed h...

A Bittersweet Ending (SA Closed, Pt 3 of 3)

A Bittersweet Ending (SA Closed, Pt 3 of 3)

WCM beccrajoy
| Feb 22, 2020

It’s taken me nearly two months to write this series on my SA Closed experience, since I’ve been quite busy starting a twitch channel, planning interviews, and organising my studies. But here, at last, is the final post of the series! ...

Player Profile: WIM Jesse February

Player Profile: WIM Jesse February

WCM beccrajoy
| Jan 24, 2020

I recently caught up with the newly-crowned 2019 South African Women’s Chess Champion, WIM Jesse February, to find out her future chess plans, her chess training and advice, and her thoughts on South African chess. As top finisher at the SA ...

A Glimmer of Hope (SA Closed, Pt 2 of 3)

A Glimmer of Hope (SA Closed, Pt 2 of 3)

WCM beccrajoy
| Jan 22, 2020

This is the second part in my series on the games I played in the 2019 South African Closed Chess Championships. Part one can be found here. Part one ended with me on 2 points out of a possible 4, with (in my mind) no hope of winning the tournam...

2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round 1

2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship: Round 1

WCM beccrajoy
| Jan 18, 2020

After a long break, I decided to reenter the world of daily chess with the biggest Chess.com tournament on record, the 2020 Chess.com Daily Chess Championship. In this post, I’ll be discussing my games from Round 1 of the tournament. I pla...

A Wrap-Up of 2019, and a Plan for 2020

A Wrap-Up of 2019, and a Plan for 2020

WCM beccrajoy
| Dec 28, 2019

My blog was left mostly unfinished towards the end of this year. I was already behind on my blogging and training, and a minor injury prior to my Trek departure threw me off even more as I scrambled last-minute to get supplies to manage my injury ...

The Positive Side of South African Chess

The Positive Side of South African Chess

WCM beccrajoy
| Sep 29, 2019

A big focus in South African chess this year has been the drama and uncertainty surrounding Chess South Africa (CHESSA) leadership, and it is likely that most of us involved in chess have, at some point, felt despondent regarding the current and f...

77 Days of Chess: Update Three

77 Days of Chess: Update Three

WCM beccrajoy
| Sep 23, 2019

After missing the last two weekly updates, I’ve finally had a chance to write about the past three weeks of my 77 Days of Chess training. For those of you just joining, you can check out the introduction and first two updates here. Unfortu...

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