History of the Club
The Mitchell’s Plain Chess Club was established in December 1980 and prides itself on being the oldest and leading chess club in Mitchell’s Plain. The objective of the club is to promote and foster the game of Chess and to contribute towards the improvement of social and cultural standards in the community through Chess. As a club, we try to offer meaningful alternatives to youth and discourage other forms of negative influences. About 60% of our membership age group range is between 7- 17 years old. Besides chess, our coaching personnel also provide mentorship in life.
If you always wanted to know how to play chess or wanted to improve your chess playing skills, here’s your chance. Everyone is welcome whether young or old, male or female. After all, it is the grey matter that counts! We cater for every player’s strength, from beginner to intermediate, even grandmasters are welcome! Coaching sessions are offered whereby you will be able to improve your chess playing skills. Players who hail from our club are Grandmaster Kenny Solomon and Maxwell Solomon who regularly formed part of the South African Chess Olympiad team. In our midst today we have chess Candidate Master Seth-Riley Adams who was the All African Youth Champion at the age of 14, while Matthew Saunders, Nathaniel Clarke, Aden Coetzee, Kyle Adams and Umar Ismail all achieved their provincial colours representing Western Province. We are recruiting members and are hoping to get them battle-hardened for the Western Province Chess League season. We would like to increase our number of teams playing in the league for next season, so why not join us. We also play regularly in tournaments in which you will be able to obtain a chess rating which is nationally and internationally recognised.