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Heinco Du Plessis - Our Team

Heinco du Plessis

(Founder, Chairperson and Head Coach)

The position on the chess board portrays everything that there is to see; the only element of surprise is what one player fails to see when guessing what the opponent might do next. ‘Chess is the purest form of battle and is therefore beautiful and perfect.’

The position on the chess board portrays everything that there is to see; the only element of surprise is what one player fails to see when calculating what the opponent might do next. As of 2018, Heinco is a certified FIDE Instructor and has served on the Tshwane Chess Management Committee since 2019; he was appointed Head Coach of the region during 2019 and 2020. However, as of January 2021, Heinco serves on Tshwane Chess’ Management Committee as ‘Head of Adult Chess’ as well as ‘Co-Vice President’.

 

Summarized history of Heinco’s achievements as a Chess Player:

  • 2002 to 2009 – Represented Johannesburg Metro Chess (Gauteng Juniors/Gauteng West) at national events.
  • 2009, 2011 to 2013 – Represented South Africa at International Events (2009: Under 16 Chess Olympiad, 2011 – 2013: World Junior Chess Championships respectively).
  • 2010 – Acknowledged as the highest FIDE rated player in the Under 18 section in Africa.
  • 2017 – Won 2nd place at the South African Closed Chess Championships Under 23 Open Section.
  • 2018 – Captained the Tshwane Adult A-Team to victory at the South African Inter Regional Championship. (The winning team consisted of four players; two of the four being Dynamic Chess Solutions coaches; Heinco and Benjamin.)

 

Summarized history of Heinco’s achievements as a Chess Coach:

  • 2013 to 2015 – Coached North West University’s Potchefstroom campus’ chess team. The team won 1st place at the Women Inter-University Championships in 2015.
  • 2015 – Chosen as a High-Performance Coach for Tshwane Chess.
  • 2016 – 2 students represented South Africa at the African Youth Chess Championships held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Yanti Nunnan won first place in her age category girls’ section and was therefore rewarded the Woman Candidate Master title.)
  • 2017 – Coached Tshwane Chess Under 14 A Open, Under 14 B Open and Under 14 A Girls at the South African Junior Chess Championships – Team Event. All three teams won each of their categories respectively.
  • 2018 – Heinco passed the FIDE Trainer’s course, led by the renowned and honourable GM, IO, IA & FST Efstratios Grivas and GM & FST Adrian Mikhalchishin, and was awarded the title of FIDE Instructor.

 

Summarized history of Heinco’s achievements as a Chess Arbiter:

  • 2020 – Passed (80%+ required) the FIDE (World Chess Organization) Arbiter Exam.
  • 2021 – Arbiters at various regional FIDE-rated tournaments.
Heinco Du Plessis - Our Team

Benjamin Hercules

(Intermediate/Advanced Coach)

Benjamin is an avid chess lover and enthusiast who is deeply passionate about the growth of an active chess culture in a diverse South Africa. He brings a patient, motivating dimension to coaching while striving to harness the individual’s potential. Enjoyment of the game and the chess experience is fundamental in his approach to the holistic development of the player.

Summarised history of Benjamin’s achievements as a Chess Player:

  • 2000 to 2018 – Participating in regional, provincial, national as well as international tournaments.
  • 2010 – Won 1st place at the South African Junior Chess Championships Under 21 Open Section.
  • 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 – Represented South Africa at International Events (2006, 2007: Under 16 Chess Olympiad, 2010, 2011: World Under 21 Chess Championships respectively).
  • 2012 and 2013 – Won 1st place at the South African University Championships. (Was also awarded the Top University Player award at the 2013 Commonwealth Chess Championships.)
  • 2017 – Competed in the Olympiad Qualifier Tournament.

 

Summarised history of Benjamin’s achievements as a Chess Coach:

  • 2013 – Provided training and lecturing support towards a silver medal for the University of Witwatersrand men’s team at University Sports South Africa Championship.
  • 2017 and 2018 – Coached the Tshwane Chess Under 18 Open A-Team at the South African Junior Chess Championships – Team Event. The team won their category.
Carlia Venter - Our Team

Carlia Venter

(Secretary, Treasurer, Head Arbiter and Beginner’s Coach)

Carlia was only taught how to play chess at the age of 14, which is regarded as a rather ‘late’ stage in the chess world. She has always admired the beauty of the sport and the immense impact that it has on the development of an individual on a cognitive, emotional and psychological level. Carlia holds a BA degree in Psychology, Sociology and Educational Sciences, as well as a BSocSci Honours degree in Psychology.

She is currently working towards completing her MA degree in Psychology, as well as her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for Senior Phase (SP) and Further Education & Training (FET), specializing in English, History and Guidance & Counselling. As of April 2021, Carlia serves on the Tshwane Chess Management Committee, in the portfolio of ‘Under 8 and Under 10 Development’. Carlia is a National Arbiter and certified and accredited FIDE School Instructor as well as a certified and accredited FIDE Chess in Education Lecturer.

 

Summarized history of Carlia’s achievements as a Chess Player:

  • 2013 to 2017 – Chosen for Sedibeng Under 20 Team to participate at the South Africa Junior Chess Championships, Team Event.
  • 2015 to 2017 – Qualified for the South African Junior Closed Chess Championships.
  • 2017 – Won 3rd place at the South African Junior Closed Chess Championships in the Under 20 Girls Section.
  • 2017 – Awarded the ‘Best Under 20 Female Chess Player of the Year’ award in the Sedibeng region.
  • 2017 – Represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Chess Championships, held in New Delhi, India.

 

Summarized history of Carlia’s achievements as a Chess Arbiter:

    • 2015 – Passed (80%+ required) the CHESSA (South African Chess Federation) Arbiter Exam; qualified as a Regional Arbiter. Carlia obtained the required norms and qualified as a Provincial Arbiter.
    • 2015 to 2021 – Arbitered at various regional and provincial CHESSA-rated & FIDE-rated tournaments.
    • 2016, 2017 and 2019 – Arbitered at the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) – Blitz Event, Doubles Event, Team Event, Inter Region Event and Wild Card Event.
    • 2017 – Arbitered at the South African Open Chess Championships.
    • 2018 – Arbitered at the University Sports South Africa Chess Championship.
    • 2020 – Obtained the required norms and qualified as a National Arbiter. Passed (80%+ required) the FIDE (World Chess Organization) Arbiter Exam.

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    Heinco, Carlia, Jakob, Ben and John are all highly qualified chess coaches which can help you improve your game no matter your skill level and knowledge base. If you would like to get in touch with one of them please visit the contact us page to find out more.

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