The Candidates tournament was played over 2 days, 4th and 5th July. It produced many exciting games, some surprises and some let-offs.
Congratulations to the following players:
Chris on winning the Candidates.
Chris, Paul, Andre and Lloyd who have qualified for the Contenders (SA Closed).
Lloyd who earned his promotion to 1k.
Two reserves were required to replace James Nicolson (business trip) and Rory Beling. All results followed their ratings except for Lloyds upset victory over Chris. The final positions for day 1 were:
The top 4 from day 1 proceeded to day 2. They joined the 4 players pre-qualified from last year. Welile planned to play from an internet café, but either he was not permitted to install Java or there were power problems. He missed round 1 and withdrew when he was not ready for round 2. Sipho mysteriously vanished – not to be seen again, so disappointingly there were many byes.
That said, day 2 produced some great games. Chris and Lloyd both achieved upset wins over John. The final positions were:
Sipho Mampe (withdrew)
Welile Gogotshe (withdrew)
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