The only info that we have at this stage regarding the High School Western Cape Schools Chess trials are as follows:
1. The preliminary date (received in Nov 2017) was 20 – 22 April 2018 and the event was to be sponsored by the Dept of Sport and Recreation (DCAS) as in previous years.
2. We received info that the National event will not be sponsored by the Nat Dept of Sport in 2018 (for all school sport codes – not only chess), and that Western Cape Dept of Sport is still trying to work something out on provincial (Western Cape) level. A meeting between DCAS and the provincial codes was supposed to take place on 22 March – but it did not realise.
3. A meeting between DCAS and the codes is now planned for 19 April. No planning by die Sport Codes can be finalised before this meeting.
4. We can conclude that the High School Western Cape Schools Chess trials will not be on the preliminary date 20 – 22 April 2018 (since the meeting is a day before), and that it will take place at a later date.
We will forward detail and team lists to you as soon as we received officially confirmed info.