Capablanca Chess Festival in South Africa raises the bar #AfricaChess

Capablanca Chess Festival
CREDIT – Reint Dykema

The broadcasting of chess in South Africa has gone to a new level with the top 5 sections of the PSS Capablanca Chess Festival in Centurion currently being broadcast over the Internet. This enables chess fans from across the world to follow the exciting developments at the tournament as they unfold.

The tournament games can be followed on as well as via the Chess24 and FollowChess mobile applications. Chess fans from across the world can now actually follow the games move by move and even analyse them in real time using chess engines such as Stockfish and Houdini.

A very big thank-you to all the individuals and organisations who have been involved in organising the PSS Capablanca chess tournament. It is through such tournaments that our players can get exposure and improve their play.

The main sponsor for the Capablanca Chess event is Phillip Silver Swartz Incorporated, a firm of litigation and commercial attorneys based in Houghton in Johannesburg. Gauteng based chess player David Swartz is a senior partner in the firm and has been instrumental in securing the sponsorship for the various events.

The Capablanca festival has become a fixture on the South African chess calendar and is one of the most important tournaments in South Africa. It is eagerly awaited each year by chest fans not just in South Africa but in neighbouring countries as well.

The 2017 tournament has seen players coming from as far afield as Cote d’Ivoire, India, and Tajikistan and they have joined regional participants from Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia who are also taking part in the tournament.

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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