The Southern African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) is one of the premier junior sporting events of any sporting code in South Africa. The history of this tournament dates back more than 30 years and the tournament typically attracts in excess of 2,500 junior chess players and officials. The championship consists of a team event and a wild-card event. The team tournament features regional teams of between 6 and 10 players who compete in age categories ranging from u/8 to u/20. The wild-card tournament, is an individual age-group event which serves as one of the key qualifying routes to the South Africa Junior Closed Chess Championships (SAJCCC). From this year, regional teams from across Southern African have been invited to participate for the first time and this exciting new development will bring an international flavour to one of the longest running junior sporting events in the entire region.