The 2017 Phela-Live Chess Challenge is the next event on the KCF Africa Tournament Calendar. The event will take place in Manzini in Swaziland from the 26 - 28 May and offers R 33,000 in prize money with a first prize of R 10,000(!!) in the Open section.

The tournament is easily the highest paying event in the history of Swaziland Chess and we wish to extend our thanks to the Phela-Live gym who have partnered with KCF Africa and the Swazi Chess Federation to make the event possible.

The tournament will feature a 6 round FIDE Rated Open Section, a Development Section as well as a FIDE Rated blitz tournament on the last day. It is open to all players with a FIDE rating lower then 2200.

The official tournament brochure can be downloaded from

Online entries are also now open and players wishing to participate are asked to register as soon as possible at

Foreign based players who require affordable accommodation in Manzini are asked to contact Mr Melo Mdluli, the President of the Swazi Chess Federation at or at +268 76738899 / +268 76033919 in order to secure accommodation in advance.