The Western Cape Women’s Championships were held during the weekend of the 09th to 11 August 2019. The event was also open for men’ to participate in certain sections. More than 100 players from all over the Western Cape participated in this prestigious event. The event was graced with the presence of many high profile South African female players such as the South African Women’s Champion, Womans International Master (WIM) Jesse February as well as players such as WIM Anzel Laubscher, Women’s Fide Master Dantelle Joubert and Women’s Candidate Master Natasha Joubert. It was also the first time that the West Coast was visited by a SA Champion in the likes of Jesse February.
The competition was very tough with the SA women’s Champion Jesse February that won the elite section of the tournament with a total points of 6.5 out of 7. Jesse drew a game against WIM Anzel Laubscher that finished second with 5.5 points out of 7. Anzel also won the Western Cape Women’s Championship title. Women’s Fide Master Dantelle Joubert came 3rd with a total score for 5 out of 7. A Total number of 33 players participated in the tournament’s Elite Section and West Coast players that finished below the top 10 is Brent Farmer that finished 6th of a score of 5 out of 7. Mathew Operman also did very well and finished 7th with a score of 5. Legene Maletta finished 8th with 4.5 and Shaundré Lewaks finished 9th with a score of 4 out of 7.
The Prestige Section of the tournament was also highly contested and it was the Western Province Player Michaella Macintosh that was crowned as the champion with a total score of 6 points. Western Province player Trinity Van Beeck came 2nd with the West Coast player Mar-Rochelle Geldenhuys that finished 3rd. The West Coast dominated the rankings in the Open section and it was West Coast player Raoul Ruiters that came first with score of 7 out of 7. Calvin Klein from the West Coast Came 2nd with Qlermo Arendse (West Coast) finished 3rd. The top girl in the section, Isabel Kilro-Smith from the West Coast finished 4th.