Jesse February wins South Africa’s Young International Player of the Year 2014/2015

Woman Fide Master Jesse February was named SA’s Young International Player of the Year 2014/2015 at the conclusion of the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) in Cape Town. The Championships saw more than two thousand players competing over 7 rounds for top honours at the University of Cape Town.

Jesse February - SA International Young Player for the year 2014/2015
Jesse February – SA International Young Player for the year 2014/2015

Jesse has had very impressive achievements in chess over the past eighteen months. She competed in the Commonwealth Chess Championships in India in the Open Section and attained a performance rating of 2015.

Winning team, Chess Coach Freddy Odendaal and Jesse February
Winning team, Chess Coach Freddy Odendaal and Jesse February

She attained third place at the African Youth Championships in Tunisia and was awarded the title of Woman Fide Master (WFM).  Jesse travelled to Hungary in Europe where she took part in the Hungary Chess Festival.

Very proud mom and her super achiever daughter
Very proud mom and her super achiever daughter

In 2015 Jesse took part in the South African Junior Chess Championships in the Under 18/20 combined category and won all her games which is rare feat at that level.

Jesse February and Eldo Smart, President of CHESS SOUTH AFRICA
Jesse February and Eldo Smart, President of CHESS SOUTH AFRICA

Jesse won the Eastern Province Closed Chess Championships. She won the African Women’s Open and finished third at the recent South African Women Closed Chess Championships held in Cape Town.

Vice President Shanks Naidoo, Head of Youth Commission - Vicky Magu, Jesse February, Dignitary from the Provincial Government and Winston Dalphat, President of Eastern Cape Chess
Vice President Shanks Naidoo, Head of Youth Commission – Vicky Magu, Jesse February, Dignitary from the Provincial Government and Winston Dalpat, President of Eastern Cape Chess

Excelling in chess is not enough for Jesse. She has also done a great deal of voluntary work at a children’s home teaching the children how to play chess. She is in the process of forming a chess club called Black Knights. Jesse was involved in fundraising in April 2015 in order in order to assist Eastern Cape players financially so that they could attend the SAJCC 2015 event in Tshwane.  She lady not only has a big brain for chess but a big heart for the disadvantaged as well. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is a true champion.

With Winston and Vicky
Vicky Magu, Jesse February and Winston Dalpat
With Vicky
Vicky Magu and Jesse February
Jesse February and the President of Eastern Cape Chess, Winston Dalpat.
Jesse February and the President of Eastern Cape Chess, Winston Dalpat.

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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