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NEWS ITEM : By Lyndon Bouah
PASSING OF IA JEROME BIBULD                                                                       2013 Nov 11

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of International Arbiter Jerome Bibuld.
Mr. Bibuld's name will always be remembered for the work he did for non- racial chess in South Africa and internationally.  During the dark days of apartheid Mr. Bibuld agreed to be the patron of the South African Chess Association (SACA) and later the Chess association for the people of South Africa ( CAPSA).
arbiters bibuldHis association started off around the mid 1970's with Africa. He was opposed to racism in the world and apartheid in particular. Mr Andre van Reenen then wrote to him and a lifelong association started.  Jerome then started to represent black South African chess at FIDE.  The SA Chess Federation had been suspended by Fide in 1974 and despite efforts from various parties to get Fide to lift the ban, Jerome continued steadfastly to oppose the lifting of the ban until freedom had been secured in South Africa for all.

In 2001 Jerome organised a major chess event in New York, the Wilbert Paige Memorial and invited IM Kenny Solomon and IM Watu Kobese to compete in the event.  This was a fantastic opportunity for them and I do believe that this exposure assisted both Kenny and Watu to become the legendary South African chess champions they are.

To Jerome Bibuld, a true soldier for chess he lived the values of Gens Una Sumus.  You will always be remembered for the principled stance that you took on our behalf. Your legacy lives on around the African continent for the development work you did amongst all African countries.  Your guidance as a senior statesman will always be appreciated.  Your name will reverberate from Cairo to Cape Town, from Morocco to Mozambique, from Kenya to Namibia, from Uganda to Nigeria.  Your selfless dedication on behalf of chess players from the African continent will always be remembered.

Hambla Kahle (Go in peace) my friend Jerome Bibuld.
We will carry on your work and make sure that the world does indeed become a better place for all!
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