Denise Frick, a teacher at Sans Souci Girls’ High School, is the country’s top woman chess master.
Sans Souci Girls’ High School is celebrating a chess champion in its midst.
Denise Frick, a teacher at the school in Newlands, is an international master who won the South African Women’s Closed Chess Championships that was hosted in Cape Town in December last year.
The event is the most prestigious tournament on the national calendar because South Africa’s top 12 women players compete in this biannual event after a two-year qualification process.
Frick has now won this event three times – having won it for the first time in 2005, then in 2013 and again last year.
By winning the national championships she qualified for the South African Olympiad team that will compete in Azerbaijan in September.
She will also be the official entry on behalf of South Africa at the African Individual Championship that will be held in Uganda and the Commonwealth Championship that will be held in Sri Lanka.
She is a dedicated chess coach at Western Province Preparatory School in Claremont and a qualified MiniChess teacher who uses chess as an educational tool.
She is a PhD student in Human Movement Science who will be finalising her degree later this year.
Sans Souci Girls’ High is extremely proud of this extraordinary achievement by a teacher it counts itself lucky to have on staff.
- Gary van Dyk @ Gvdcapejazz