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Samantha Brink Chess Prodigy : 7 Year Old Earns SA Colours in Chess

Samantha Brink Chess Prodigy : 7 Year Old Earns SA Colours in Chess

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My name is SJ Pretorius. the purpose of this campaign is to raise funds for my niece (my Sister’s daughter), Samantha Brink, currently 10 years old, who has been playing Chess since she was 7 and in Grade 1, in 2016. 

Samantha qualified to play in Namibia in the prestigious upcoming 2019 African Youth Chess Championships from 14 to 22 December 2019.

The funds raised with this campaign will go towards the costs of this chess tournament.

Here is a short bio of Samantha's achievements to date: 

During July 2016, Samantha Brink took part in her very first Chess Tournament, the Overberg Chess Federation(1) Qualifying Tournament. Samantha won a Silver Medal in the Overberg Chess Federation Qualifying Tournament that earned her a place in the Overberg (regional), mixed under 8 team together with earning the right to compete individually in the girls under 8, Wild-Card Tournament (2) (a National Level Tournament closely associated with the SAJCC(3), Open Championships).

As a result Samantha qualified to compete in the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) in December 2016. The SAJCC Opens Tournament took place at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, in Boksburg from 8 to 23 December, 2016. Samantha formed part of the inaugural under 8 Overberg Chess Federation team that competed at the National heats and the team exceeded all expectations and ended 2nd in the tournament. Samantha and her team mates earned Silver Medals for the tournament!

Samantha very bravely participated in the Wild Card Championships that year and surprised everyone with her amazing achievement of second place, a Silver Medal, after only 6 months of playing chess.  At this stage it was apparent that Samantha is a chess prodigy!

Samantha was subsequently invited by Chess S.A. (4) to compete at the South African Junior Closed Chess Championships (SAJCCC (5)) - a closed championship tournament where only the top South African players, who has empirically won an adequate number of matches, may participate. Samantha competed in her first SAJCCC tournament from 5 to 11 April 2017 at the Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni. Samantha whole-heartily played 11 matches, she laughed, she cried, and simply continued to give her best every day of this difficult tournament.  She achieved a 5th place, making her the 5th best under 8 female player in South Africa! To top this off Chess S.A. invited Samantha to compete in the Common Wealth Chess Championships (CWCC)(6) in July 2017 in New Delhi, India. This meant that Samantha would receive National Federation Colours and represent the South-African Team. The cost or this tournament, for Samantha alone, was R30,000, and due to her age Samantha had to be accompanied by an adult, which amounted to around the same amount for her mom to accompany her.

In the meantime Samantha competed in 11 other tournaments in 2017 alone. A typical tournament like this lasts from 08:00 to 19:00 per day.  Long hours and a lot of dedication and perseverance is required of a player.  Samantha progressed to earning a place on the Overberg Chess Federation under 10 team (there is no under 9 division) that was to compete in the SAJCC from 3 to 13 January 2018 in Johannesburg. She was in addition selected for the Overberg Schools Team (7) that was to compete in Vredenburg for 19 and 20 May, 2017 for Western Cape Colours


  1. Overberg Chess Federation was formed in September 2016 after changes to the structures of the Sport Regions by the Department of Sport and Recreations broke up Boland in to Overberg & Winelands. The main goal of Overberg Chess Federation in the upliftment  and expansion of chess in the Overberg Region. 

  2. The wild-card tournament, is an individual age-group event which serves as one of the key qualifying routes to the South Africa Junior Closed Chess Championships (SAJCCC) 

  3. SAJCC: South African Junior Chess Championships,, The Southern African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) is one of the premier junior sporting events of any sporting code in South Africa. The history of this tournament dates back more than 30 years and the tournament typically attracts in excess of 2,500 junior chess players and officials. The championship consists of a team event and a wild-card event. The team tournament features regional teams of between 6 and 10 players who compete in age categories ranging from under 8 to under 20.

  4. Chess South Africa (CHESS SA, previously CHESSA) is the national governing body for the sport of chess in South Africa. CHESS SA is affiliated with SASCOC, and organises national competitions such as the South African Closed Chess Championship and the South African Open Chess Championship. 

  5. SAJCCC: South African Junior Closed Chess Championships, a secondary, advanced level, by invitation only, championship associated with the SAJCC Open Championships. 

  6. CWCC: Common Wealth Chess Championships 

  7. The “Overberg Schools Chess” is the Regional Division at school level that enables players to compete for Provincial and subsequently National Colours. 

  8. Facebook page dedicate to Samantha Brink's Chess Career 


  • Dec 09, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "

    Geniet elke oomblik Liefie!

    " - Cathy Mc Donald

  • Dec 04, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Go make us proud Sammy! " - Zendre

  • Nov 19, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "

    Mooi so Sam

    " - Amanda duP

  • Nov 19, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    GO team Sam!

    " - SJ,Mandi,Decklan & Skylar

  • Nov 16, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go Sam! Have a wonderful time and good luck!" - Geoff

  • Nov 15, 2019 - USD $ 33.75
  • "Gaan groot Sam! Wat 'n talent!!" - Karlien

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Donations to date

R 3 143.44

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

Samantha Brink Chess Cause

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SJ Pretorius is raising funds for Samantha Brink, who has been playing chess since the age of 7 years old. She has qualified for and been invited to attend the African Youth Chess Tournament in Namibia in December 2019.