Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in South Africa for final, to open SAJCC, massive chess exhibition


Super Chess Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura will be in South Africa to play the final of the speedchess championship against Magnus Carlsen on January 3 at 1900 hrs from Birchwood Conference Centre Auditorium. The speed chess championship, which is sponsored by Masterclass, will be played on the platform but Nakamura will be playing from South Africa.


This final is one of the most anticipated match-ups of recent times. Fresh from winning the World Blitz championships in Saudi Arabia in December, Magnus Carlsen will want to settle matters once and for all on who is the best blitz player in the world. Nakamura did not take part in the Rapid and Blitz competitions in Saudi Arabia and there is no doubt whatsoever that he wants to beat Carlsen and claim top honours.

If you would like to watch the online speedchess match from Birchwood in Johannesburg, click here.

The match with Magnus Carlsen is not the only reason Nakamura will be in South Africa.

Opening the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC)

The Super GM Nakamura, from the United States will be coming to South Africa to open the South African Junior chess Championships (SAJCC) that will be taking place at the Birchwood Conference Centre.

After playing his Championship with World Champion Magnus Carlsen and opening the SAJCC, the Grandmaster will then give a lecture on the 6th of January at 1400 hours. Players attending this event will be able to have autographs signed and pictures taken with him. Enter SAJCC GM Masterclass & Photo Opportunity

One of the biggest chess exhibitions ever in Africa

On the 7th of January at 16 0 hours grandmaster Nakamura will be playing in 100 game chess simultaneous exhibition. This simultaneous exhibition will be one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind that is ever been held on the continent of Africa and it will certainly be the biggest one that has taken place in South Africa so far. Entry fee for taking part in the GM simultaneous exhibition is R 150. Enter 2017 SAJCC Grandmaster simultaneous exhibition

On the 8th of January Grandmaster Nakamura up will attend the SAJCC prize-giving ceremony.

Here is the summary of events that Nakamura will be involved on arrival in South Africa:

3 January – play the final of the Speed Chess Championship on January 3 at 19H00 from the Birchwood Conference Centre auditorium. This match will also be broadcasted live from the Auditorium at Birchwood on and
4 of January – Hikaru Nakamura will also open the SAJCC on the
6 January – GM lecture at 1400 hrs
7 January – 16H30 GM Nakamura will play in a 100 game simul.
8 January – he will attend the prize giving ceremony.

For chess players and chess fans, the opportunity to meet Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura,  one of the best chess players is one huge opportunity not to be missed.

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