Our Coaches

Heinco du Plessis - Head Coach

Contact No: Not Provided

Chess has been Heinco's first true love and passion since a very young age. He was taught how to play chess at the age of 4 and started playing competitive chess at the age of 7. He started coaching schools and private students at the age of 17. Heinco regards chess to be a raw, completely equal nature of battle; no information is being hidden by either player, from either player.

Heinco is an accredited Fide Instructor and the owner and founder of Dynamic Chess Solutions. His team coaches at several schools, coaches individuals online and in person, organises several tournaments through his chess club every year and has a long list of other achievements listed on his company's website..
Heinco is not currently available for classes as he is fully booked.

Availability to provide training: Not Available

IM Johannes Mabusela - Head Analysis Coach

Contact No: Call or WhatsApp - 084 917 4263

My name is Johannes Mabusela. I am an International Master and FIDE Trainer. I have over 10yrs experience in working with players of all levers, from beginner to national champions even African champions. I take my job with full professionalism and enthusiasm. My philosophy is that anyone can improve quickly, given the right lessons. For more information on how I work you can contact me.

Availability to provide training: Available

Eben Collen

Contact No: 082 336 5261

Coaching since 2004.
GN coach for U12 boys' and girls' coach 2019.
Most of my students have qualified for the SAJCCC (Closed) since 2004 until now.
Most of my students play at International level.
I am the coach for Crawford Pretoria school and our teams have won the D4 Interschools Tournament and the Gauteng top schools for the last 10 years.
Currently I coach chess as subject from Gr 000- 5 and give extra chess as an extra mural for Gr 0 -12.
Received the Reward for last 5 year from GN for most active players in our union and several other coaching awards over the years.
I offer group and private lessons as well as online coaching.

Availability to provide training: Available

Rene de Beer

Contact No: 072 828 0524

Team Coach for the u8 Boys and Girls GN 2019 SAJCC Teams. U8A Boys and Girls won Silver Medals. Coached U10 GN team in 2014.
I coach players at two primary schools as well as two high schools. Afrikaans Hoër Meisies won Gauteng Top Schools Last year.
I played SAJCC since 2005 and have my SA Colours in Chess.
Started the Gauteng North Tiny Tot Academy along with the GN Vice-President Youth, Karin Louw, to develop chess amongst our kids in Nursery schools.
I do private coaching and most of my students qualified for SAJCC as well as SAJCCC (Closed)
I specialise in developing players as well as younger players.

Availability to provide training: Available

Jacqui Grobbelaar

Contact No: 083 357 8583

Qualified Chess Developmental Instructor (FIDE-14307650), Port Elizabeth, 2013
Qualified FIDE chess arbitrator, Boksburg, 2019; Provincial Chess Arbitrator, 2011
Gauteng North coach 2014-current.
Medalist teams Gauteng North 2014-2019.
Multiple national colours private students.
Closed chess champion (u18/20) 2012,2013.
Commonwealth u/20 Women's Champion 2013.
Bcom Economics, Business management. Bcom Hons HR Management.
Languages: Afrikaans, English, German(B1), French(B1)

Availability to provide training: Available

Benjamin Hercules

Contact No: 081 397 7966

I am a full time chess professional involved in chess development across numerous schools in Johannesburg. Thorough preparation and active communication with all of my students is fundamental in my coaching approach.
I have been involved in provincial chess since 2000 (20 years) and have competed in multiple international events and attained various national titles.
I am still an active player myself and have achieved a rating of 2200+ and therefore can relate to the struggles of high level chess and improving one's game. I have been coaching at Thswane for the past four years with my teams achieving a gold medal at the nationals every year since. This year all 4 of my teams managed to get gold medals at the SAJCC.

Availability to provide training: Available

Johannes Moche

Contact No: WhatsApp on 084 077 6973 and call and SMS on 064 796 1233

I have been a chess coach for the past 6 years at various schools and I have also coached several private students overall the years.
I specialise in kids with a 0-1600 rating.
My coaching achievements so far.
Coaching for Gauteng North at SAJCC since 2017 until now:
u8 championship section both girls and boys 2017. u10 championship section girls and boys 2018 and u12 girls championship section 2019 and boys silver 2019.
I am energetic and passionate about the game.

I am also available on for online lessons on zoom

Availability to provide training: Available

Mfundo Masiya

Contact No: 062 655 5299

Mfundo Masiya is a passionate player and GN coach who loves helping dedicated chess players improve their game.
He coached Tuks in 2019 to a University Chess Championship crown while also playing!
In 2020 he is not only the Tuks Chess coach but also the TuksChess Chairperson and still a TuksChess player.
In 2019 he was analysis coach for the GN U/18 teams. He gave the players valuable insight not only for their next game but for their future chess development. Mfundo Masiya is a passionate player and GN coach who loves helping dedicated chess players improve their game.

Availability to provide training: Available

Jakob Mnguni

Contact No: 082 794 6720

- Current rating = 2330
- Currently ranked number 6 in the country
- Played for the Tshwane A team at the Inter regions for the past 4 years and finished 1st every year
- Received board prizes for the same event for the past 2 years
- Coached Tshwane U/18 teams at the SAJCC 2020 which all performed at par and above (Silver for boys A, and gold for girls' team)
- 5 out of 6 girls in the girls' team received board prizes

Availability to provide training: Available

Clive Mthunzi

Contact No: 071 934 8263

Clive Mthunzi is a professional chess coach, player, and Arbiter.
As a player he has national colours.
He is former head coach of Ekurhuleni chess.
Has been coaching provincial teams since 2012 to date
In that period, he has coached for Gauteng North Chess, Joburg Metro chess and Ekurhuleni chess, winning multiple awards at nationals.
He coaches at schools and privately.
Currently he runs Primrose Chess Club and Joburg Central Chess Club.
He also organizes events such as the Primrose open and JCC open.

Availability to provide training: Available

Joseph Mwale

Contact No: 061 086 5650

Joseph started chess when he was only 6yrs old. At 7 he moved to Malawi and he won the Malawi National title in 2007 at 12 years.
His highest rating has been 2300.
He has played the world Olympiad 3 times.
He currently coaches the Gauteng North u 20 team and they won Nationals 2018.
In 2019 Joseph assisted as the analysis coach for the 20 team.
He has years of experience coaching online schools and private kids via Zoom, Skype, and other platforms, etc

Availability to provide training: Available

Jaco Nelson

Contact No: 074 658 2820

I coach at several primary schools in Pretoria. I was the assistant u8 Coach for the GN 2019 SAJCC Team.
Several of my students have qualified for SAJCC and for SAJCCC over the past few years.
I have my SA Colours in Chess and still actively play in tournaments.
I was the Head Coach for the 2008 African Youth Team, I have been Head Coach of Gauteng North in previous years, One of my students, Joshua Dykerma, qualified for World Youth Championships when he was younger and scored 7 out of 11 points.

Availability to provide training: Available

Nhlanhla Andrew Thabethe

Contact No: 083 962 3320

GN coach for 3years

Gold medal u16 girls
Gold medal u14 boys
Gold medal u12 boys
Silver medal u10 boys

PERSONAL Highlights
KZN champion 2012
Soweto open Champ 2012
6th Botswana open 2014

Availability to provide training: Available

Wiaan Pretorius

Contact No: 072 771 6007 Email: wiaanpretorius12@gmail.com

Wiaan is fluent in both Afrikaans and English.
"Let's not teach kids to play chess, but rather understand chess."
The growth kids show when chess is taught to understand and enjoy is remarkable. I try to promote this as far as possible.
I've had plenty of success and won numerous gold medals as a player and as a coach.
All age groups are welcome.
Online classes are presented via Skype and Zoom.
Rates are negotiable.

Availability to provide training: Available

Nedjo Stevanovic

Contact No: 074 115 3609

GN U14 boys and girls coach,
Ex national junior coach. My students won numerous Ladies Senior championships.
Marany Meyer beat Nino Guriely in World championship match in New Delhi 2000.

Availability to provide training: Available