Monday, 09 June 2014 16:36
The Chess Association of Malawi conducted qualifier games to select players likely to represent the country at the forthcoming olympiad slated for August 2014 in Norway. The qualifiers this time were more rigorous than ever before.Each Region through its regional qualifiers selected five(5) players that completed with the 2012 Olympiad Team plus presidential nominees. #Nominated by the Chessam President this year were Peter Jailos and Mishek Nyirenda in the Open category. Both nominees Wezzie Mzia and Upile Pulaizi in the Ladies categorybdidnot take the opportunity. # The second qualifiers pitted 22 top players from all over Malawi. Ten top players were identified out of the 22 and the ten played in a Round Robbin Tournament ovet 4 days during the Easter Period. Favourites like Joseph Mwale and his fellow RSA based Richard Mbedza and Paul Khuphwathea (the trio were all partbof the 2012 Istanbul Olympiad) all failed to make into the Top five elligible to be on the Open Team.
# The 2014 Tromso Olympiad representatives for Malawi that qualified in order of strength are: Chiletso Chipanga, Alfred Chimthere, Gerlad Mphungu, Joseph Nyambalo (also in the 2012 Istanbul Squad) and George Mwale.
# The Ladies Team to be captained by Ellen Mpinganjira on board 1 shall also have Vitumbiko Gondwe, Royce Msiska, Desiderata Nkhoma and Magret Ngugama.
# Mark Chikoko shall lead the team while Joseph Chalemba shall coach the team, particularly the ladies team.
Delegate to the General Assembly shall be Chessam President Kezzie Msukwa.
The morale is high on the side of the players despite the uncertainity surrounding funding for the team.