Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:11


Club chess favourites Area 25 Castles lived up to their billing as they dismantled three other teams on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, earning themselves a right to represent the country in Capetown, Southafrica, next week.

The Lilongwe based outfit Castles, clobbered Flying Horses of Mzuzu via a 3.5 to 1.5 point margin in the first game, before battering Mentors by 4-1 scoreline. They completed the rout by whitewashing Sapitwa of Blantyre 5-0.

Susan Namangale (CHESSAM president ) and Area 25 castles pose for a photo


Susan Namangale hands over the trophy to the club captain, Petros Mfune

In recognition of their feat as champions, they earned themselves a ticket to represent Malawi for the Continental club showpiece scheduled for August 7-12 in Southafrica.They also pocketed MK250.000 cash plus a gold medal.

Flying Horses grabbed the silver medal after winning two games while Mentors got the bronze medal. They received MK200.000 and MK175.000 cash respectively.

On fourth position was Sapitwa from Blantyre who got a consolation  prize of MK150.000 cash.

Candidate Master Alfred Chimthere scooped Player of the tournament after winning all his three games, including a sensational win against Fide Master Gerald Mphungu. Faith Kaisi won a chessboard via a raffle draw after correctly predicting a win for Area 25 Castles.

Area 25 Casltes comprises three Candidate Masters namely: George Mwale, Petros Mfune, and Alfred Chimthere. The other team members are Khama Chindole (captain), Hope Mwazozo, Stanford Chibambo, Loyce Msiska (Lady) and Praise Kalambo (Junior).

The  Chief Arbiter for the tournament  was Gilton Mkumbwa.
Chessam President Susan Namangale applauded Crossroads Hotel for the partnership in promoting the game, culminating in offering a free venue.

In another development, Chessam in conjunction with Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) is poised to sending a chess team to All Africa Games in Morocco.

The team that will include Fide Masters Joseph Mwale and Gerald Mphungu, will be the first ever to represent the country at All Africa Games.


By Chimthere Alfred
(CHESSAM Publicist)

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