Round 1 pairings from the Radpath Mining MC Satellite tournament in Johannesburg have now also been released and are available at

The defending champion, IM Providence Oatlhotse from Botswana can expect stiff opposition this year from the likes of top seed IM Rodwell Makoto as well as the reigning PSS Rapid and Blitz Champion IM Daniel Jere.

The format of the championship section will see the top 8 players this year compete on Sunday in rapid and blitz playoff matches for the single ticket to Atlantic City in October.

The action from the top 25 boards will be broadcast live from tomorrow evening at

Games start at 18.00 local time tomorrow night and then at 9am and 3pm daily until Sunday when the rapid and blitz showdown will take place.

GM Maurice Ashley will again be in attendance over the weekend to provide commentary at the venue for any local players wishing to be part of the action.

We wish all participants the best of luck on their quests to win the elusive qualifying ticket.