Chess Grandmaster Wesley So will be involved in the various activities to promote chess during his visit to South Africa. On Sunday, 16 December he officially opened the Southern African Junior Chess Championship.
Official opening of the SAJCC – 16 December
In his remarks the grandmaster, who has come all the way from Minnesota in the US, mentioned that he was very pleased to be at the SAJCC and in South Africa. He also spoke about his excitement at seeing the next generation of chess players at the tournament.
Wesley also thanked the people who had been involved in making his trip possible including Tournament Director Hendrik Du Toit and Tournament Organizer Judie-Marie Steenkamp. He wished the players well in the tournament and was looking forward to some great chess over the course of the tournament.
Chess in Joubert Park
Later in the morning on Sunday Wesley went off to Joubert Park where he played some of the players in the park. He was playing with time odds of his one minute against three minutes for the other player. Despite these odds he did not lose a single game in the park. Only one player was able to hold him to a draw.
Here is the Grandmaster’s schedule for the rest of his stay in South Africa
On Monday – 17 December 2018
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner with Chess South Africa Executive Board
Tuesday – 18 December 2018
11:00 – 11:45 How to support a Chess player. Informal discussion in the auditorium (This session will be hosted by Wesley’s mom)
12:00 – 13:30 Autographs & Photographs Session
14:00 – 16:00 Doubles Championships
18:00 – Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibition
Wednesday – 19 December 2018
11:00 – 11:20 20 minute interview with Alessandro (Chess.com)
12:00 – 13:30 Top player informal Question and Answer session
18:00 – + 102 Board Simultaneous Exhibition (This is the largest ever simul event to be held in South Africa)