Wednesday, 25 December 2019 09:24

Fide Master Joseph Mwale has lived up to the billing as the highest rated player in the country by displaying a devastating performance to win the 2019 National Chess Championship hosted on December 19-22, at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.


In the Ladies section, CHESSAM President Susan Namangale turned back the hands of time to claim gold at the expense of active players.
Mwale secured an impressive eight (8) points out of nine (9), winning all his games despite forfeiting his round 3 game due to miscommunication on rescheduling of the round.

He went away with MK250.000 cash plus a trophy. He has earned himself a ticket to play at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia 2020.
On the other hand,  Namangale scooped 6.5 points out of 9, and received a trophy plus MK150.000 cash. She last played competitove chess 12 years ago. She has also automatically qualified for 2020 Chess Olympiad.

"I decided to play this tournament because iam not seeing adequate competition among ladies, hence i wanted to increase competition" said Namangale, the only female chess President in Africa.

The remaining four slots in both Open and Ladies categories will be filled when Top 16 Men and Top 10 Ladies compete in April.

The 16 players who will battle for 4 slots are: Fide Master Gerald Mphungu and Candidate Masters Chiletso Chipanga, Joseph Nyambalo, Petros Mfune, Alfred Chimthere. The stable is completed by Ken Forster, Joseph Mvuche Gondwe, Fischern Mwagomba, Hope Mwazozo, Richard Chiona, Ernest Matola, Peter Nyama, Stanford Chibambo, Wilson Chingati, James Kamowa, and Ronald Chimkute.

In the Ladies section, the top ten for April tournament include highest rated player Desiderata Nkhoma and Woman Candidate Master Ellen Mpinganjira. The other players are: Annie Simwaba, Royce Msiska, Tupokiwe Msukwa, Tina Kumwenda, Martha Kapalamula, Vitumbiko Gondwe, Shalom Kapende, and Charity Tadeyo.
There were thirty (30) players in the open section while Ladies section had  fifteen (15) players. Fide Master Joseph Mwale and Candidate Master Paul Khuphwathea came all the way from their base in SouthAfrica. Another player, Doctor Francis Banda came from Botswana.

The Guest of honour, Mr John Kaoche, who is the Principal Sports Officer in the Ministry of Sports, hailed Chessam for promoting chess in the country.

By: Chimthere Alfred
(Chessam Publicist)

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