Lambertsbaai heritage day chess tournament


On 24 of September 2021, Lambertsbay chess club hosted a heritage day rapid chess tournament. Even though there was a meagre turnout, the event itself turned out to be a huge success. Players from Cape Town, Klawer and Villiersdorp came to test the strength of the Lambertsbay players.

Covid 19 protocols was maintained and the arbiter Basil Ellman kept an eye on things to ensure that the FIDE laws were adhered to and to have the tournament rated.

The top spots were taken by Lwellyn Louw in 1st place, Leatin Booys 2nd place and Legene Maletta in 3rd place.

What is heritage day?

24 September 2021

Heritage Day on 24 September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

Living heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity. Aspects of living heritage include: cultural tradition, oral history, performance, ritual, popular memory, skills and techniques, indigenous knowledge system and the holistic approach to nature, society and social relationships. In South Africa the term “intangible cultural heritage” is used interchangeably with the term “living heritage”.

Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. In every community there are living human treasures who possess a high degree of knowledge, skills and history pertaining to different aspects of diverse living heritage. It is therefore important for South Africans to reclaim, restore and preserve these various aspects of living heritage to accelerate the use of living heritage to address challenges communities are facing today.

The Department of Arts and Culture developed a draft policy on the South African living heritage.

Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa.


Till next time keep the Chess Candle burning at both ends!!

Basil Ellman

Basil is an active chess coach for more than 30 years... He is also a qualified trainer of coaches and a qualified chess arbiter. Basil has a passion for chess and has established various chess clubs in schools and communities in the Western Cape - South Africa which are still in existence and growing strong. He has served on various bodies promoting chess not only as a sport but also as a tool to excel academically. He has a Masters degree in Specialised education and is also an advocate for players with special needs.

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