Chess South Africa
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JurisdictionSouth Africa
AbbreviationCHESS SA
LocationSouth Africa
PresidentHendrik du Toit[1]
Official website
South Africa

Chess South Africa (CHESS SA, previously CHESSA) is the national governing body for the sport of chess in South Africa. Chess South Africa is affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE),[2] and to the African Chess Confederation (ACC). Chess South Africa administers the official national chess rating[3] system based on the elo rating system and grants national titles to players that distinguish their ability. CHESS SA is affiliated with SASCOC, and organises national competitions such as the South African Closed Chess Championship and the South African Open Chess Championship. CHESS SA was established in 1996 following unification discussions among several chess ruling bodies in existence during the apartheid era.

South Africa produced its first chess grandmaster in 2015 through Kenny Solomon.[4] Kenny Solomon did not attain the required rating of 2500, but he earned the accolade by winning the African Chess Championship in December 2014.[5]


Further information: Category:South African chess players

See also


  1. ^ "Chess South Africa Executive".
  2. ^ "South Africa FIDE Directory". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Chess South Africa". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. ^ Smith, David (8 January 2015). "South African escapes township violence to become chess grandmaster". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ Priyadarshan Banjan (4 January 2015). "South Africa's first Grandmaster". ChessBase. Retrieved 8 September 2015.