The MSSA had nominated Lubabalo Kondlo (from Port Elizabeth) for the event, and Lubabalo was ready to give it his all.
Unfortunately, Lubabalo had a poor start in the first two rounds, but quickly made up for it by the enjd of the fourth game on the second day. At the end of the second day, Lububalo found himself yapping at the heels of the leaders.
By the end of the sixth round on the third day, Lububalo found himself in tie first place.
Lubabalo maintained this position to the end of the championships when, as WCDF president Dr Richard Beckwith puts it, "On tie-breaker calculation, Michele Borghetti (Italy) won, and Lubabalo was 6th. Nine players were separated by one point.".
Thus the championship was extremely close, with Lubabalo losing out only on a tie-breaker.