Monday, 02 September 2019 11:36

The Malawi chess squad has left an indelible marker by moving up the ladder from position 14 to 10 at All Africa Games held on August 22-29 in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Chess team comprised Fide Masters (FM) Joseph Mwale and Gerald Mphungu, and Ladies Desiderata Nkhoma and Tupokiwe Msukwa.




They clinched impressive wins against Sao Tome and Mauritius, among others. The team also drew against Kenya and finished ahead of continental powerhouses like Zambia and the hosts Morocco.

Also, Mwale and Mphungu banged famous wins against International Masters (IM) Stanley Chumfwa (Zambia) and Adu Oladapo (Nigeria) respectively.

In individual category, Mwale finished 13th while Mphungu finished 17th out of a stable of nearly 50 players. The starting rank for Mwale was 27th whereas Mphungu was seeded 25th.

Mwale came within sniffing distance of a bronze medal but suffered a setback after succumbing to FM Harold Wanyama in the final round.

The team finally returned with an aura of pomp on Friday August 30, through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe. Leader of chess delegation Leonard Sharra was handy to express satisfaction on the trip.

Chessam President Susan Namangale led the crew that welcomed the team at the airport.

Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) registered chess among the sporting disciplines that participated for Malawi, while FIDE (World Chess Federation) provided part of the logistical resources for the trip.

Other sporting codes that represented Malawi at the event included Judo, Archery, and Athletics.

Chess was participating for the very first time in history, at All Africa Games


By: Chimthere Alfred
(Chessam Publicist)

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