Susan Polgar in South Africa

1/14/2012 – The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elisabeth hosted the 2011 South African Junior Chess Championship, in which an impressive 1800+ youths participated. Efforts such as this have led to South Africa's first WGM, Melissa Greeff. To help promote chess there, Susan Polgar was invited to provide a simul as well as give a seminar on "Women in Chess". A pictorial report.

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Promotional visit to South Africa

by Susan Polgar

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elisabeth hosted the 2011 South African Junior Chess Championship from December 13-19, 2011.


The colorful view of the 1,800+ players in one single tournament hall was quite impressive


Some friendly inhabitants of the college campus just outside the playing hall


Here is one of the younger female participants


“It does not matter if you are Black or White…”


Melissa Greeff is South Africa’s first WGM


Here are (most of) my simul opponents


The simul was much enjoyed


During my “Women in Chess” seminar


A happy group of coaches at the at end of an intense FIDE Trainers Seminar

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