Chess at the DSK
Chess at the DSK - more than just sport
Chess plays an important role at the DSK: Since January 2013 it is a compulsory subject at the primary school. The positive correlation between the learning and playing of chess on the one side and the academic achievements of learners on the other has been scientifically proven many times. Not only does chess improve the intellectual development of learners, it also contributes positively towards the development of the personality of our children, because it enables them to cope with losing and winning; important qualities our children will need in life.
DSK Chess Academy and Social Outreach Program
The development of chess is widely supported by the South African government, which was illustrated by the impressive speech of Dr. Ivan Meyer, MEC for Sport at the Western Cape, while opening the DSK Chess Open 2012. Dr. Meyer suggested that chess should be a compulsory subject at every school in South Africa. The DSK has implemented this in January 2013, and the teaching is done by one of the highest ranked South African chess players, International Master Watu Kobese, who was convinced to relocate to Cape Town by the Zidek family. Watu is also an accomplished coach, who can build on the work of the esteemed primary teacher Mrs Rode, whose chess extramural classes proved to be so popular that not everybody could always participate, and the private coach Paul Khuphwathea.
The vision and objectives of the DSK Chess Academy:
„Our aim is to nurture and grow chess culture at the DSK, linking the educational chess benefits with fun. It is hoped that this drive will also benefit the South African chess community as a whole plus previously disadvantaged communities. “ Watu Kobese
Apart from the discovery and the development of our school talents and the broad promotion of the game to stimulate the academic abilities of our learners, the chess academy reaches out far beyond our school: Social Outreach projects should help to develop chess in previously disadvantaged areas. Furthermore the chess academy should identify and motivate academically strong learners to join the DSK community.
There is rarely another sport which can be played so broadly and independently from social and financial status than chess: No expensive sports grounds or gear, no buildings or expensive installations are needed. This makes chess an ideal tool to do meaningful development work in the townships which positive effects got also recognized by NGO’s to support such projects. With the Chess Academy and the international chess Grandmaster tournament, the DSK International Chess Open 2013, the DSK has tools at her disposal which enables us to reach far beyond the scope of a school and to contribute meaningfully to the development of South Africa.