Paulo Origo, chancellor of the South African Chess Academy, challenged 25 opponents simultaneously to a chess game held at the Kamogelo Tourism Centre in Hoedspruit. Only Anthony Norris, the second to last man standing, managed to oust the master.
The chess problem set up on a display board was won by Leroy Shelton who managed to win in two moves. The Academy aims to promote chess amongst all South Africans, but especially the youth. “Chess only follows soccer as the most popular leisure activity in the world,” says Johan van Niekerk, also of the Academy and overseer of proceedings on the day.