The Capablanca Chess Festival has earned a justifiable reputation as one of the top events on the African continent and this year we are delighted to announce that the event will be coupled with a brand new FIDE Rated Rapid and Blitz Tournament.

The new event is known as the PSS Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships as is being sponsored by the Houghton based law firm Phillip Silver Swart Inc.

The two events will be run back to back between the 23rd April and the 2nd May 2016. They offer 29 FIDE rated games between them over the 10 day period (9 Classical, 10 Rapid and 10 Blitz) and a combined total prize pool exceeding R 90,000!

Top class facilities are being used for both events with PSS scheduled to take place at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course whilst Capablanca will be hosted this year at the Supersport Park Cricket Ground in Centurion. DGT boards will be used at both events and games will be broadcast live both locally and on international servers.

The number one rated players from Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa are currently all expected to feature in the series and we look forward to watching the top players battle it out at the end of the month.

The entries for both events are now opened and online entries can be completed at the following links



The full tournament brochures are then available for download at for those wanting more information.