Clarendon pupil shines in SA chess tournament

BY PORCHÉ-LEE OBARAY

Clarendon Preparatory School Grade 2 pupil Viha Beecum has proven to be quite the little whizzkid at chess.

CHECKMATE: Thrilled Clarendon Grade 2 pupil Viha Beecum, who performed well when she represented BCM for the first time at the recent SA Junior Chess Championships
Picture: KINGDOM EVENTS

Beecum recently represented Buffalo City for the first time at the 2019 South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) held in Johannesburg from January 4 to 8, where she went up against 2,300 of SA’s top chess players.

She played as part of the Border Under 10A team in the junior inter-regional competition, on board eight, taking the prize for the most wins on that specific board.

After seven rounds, Beecum finished with six wins and one draw, leaving her with a total of 6.5 out of 7 points.

Following the team event, she went on to play in the individual Wild Card event, where she scored herself another 3.5 out of 7 points, finishing in the top half of players in that event.

According to chess-results.com, the individual rating averages for the Buffalo City U10A members after seven rounds of the team competition, were as follows:

  1. Samuel Chang (Stirling) – 1048
  2. Gary Driffield (Stirling) – 999
  3. Tyler Botha (Selborne) – 913
  4. Aldré Deang (Hudson Park) – 896
  5. Emma Obaray (Clarendon) – 807
  6. Isiphile Mabongo (Hudson Park) – 707
  7. Elih Prinsloo (Selborne) – 701
  8. Beecum (Clarendon) – 695
  9. Rebecca Scheckter (Clarendon) – 700

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