15 December 2018
Invitation to the opening of the Southern African Junior Chess Championship (SAJCC)
You are hereby invited to the Official Opening of the Southern African Junior Chess Championship (SAJCC). The SAJCC runs from 16 to 20 December. A total of 2200 players will participate in the team event with 300 coaches and managers that will support them. 30 arbiters will oversee the running of the event. 24 Regions affiliated to CHESS South Africa across the country will be sending their players.
The SAJCC is the largest tournament in South Africa and one of the biggest chess tournaments on the whole continent. Chess players taking part in the event will be from Under 8 right up to Under 20 according to Hendrik du Toit the tournament director.
Super chess grandmaster and one of the top chess players in the world, Grandmaster Wesley So of the United States will officially open the Southern African Junior Chess Championship on the 16th of December. As part of a continuing drive to raise the profile of the game of chess in South Africa, Grandmaster Wesley So will also play a simultaneous chess exhibition and also host a masterclass on chess. On 18 December the American grandmaster will play in one of the largest ever simultaneous chess exhibition to be held in South Africa. He will face 115 chess players at the same time in what will also be a historic event in Africa. It will be the largest ever simultaneous chess exhibition ever to held in South Africa and probably on the continent as well.
Venue: Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre Boksburg
Opening Ceremony of the SAJCC is 16 December at 09H00 at Birchwood
The official tournament website is www.sajcc.co.za
Please find attached programme for the SAJCC.
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