National Junior Qualifiers for African Junior 2014
Thursday, 06 November 2014 19:56

The African Junior Tournament 2014 will be held in Angola from 1-10 December 2014. Malawi has taken quite a while since it last participated in the African Junior that has dominantly been held in the West and North of Africa for some time now.
The Junior Championship has attracted Juniors from all the three Regions of the country who will play a round robin tournament on 9th November 2014 . From the North we will have  the following: Adrian Munthali and Emmanuel Kawonga. Both have just passed their MSCE with good grades of 9 points and 11 points respectively. The ladies category shall have Ulemu Chibwana a Form 3 student at Katoto Sec School and Annie Simwaba a Std 7 brilliant kid. The other Northener shall be Tupokiwe Msukwa who Joins the group by virtue of being seeded as a rated player. Tupokiwe has just done her IGSCE with good grades as well. The performance of these lads in School is a good testimony for chess family. 
The South will be represented by: Wanangwa Munthali, Ernest Moloka in the boys section and Tendai Simwaka 14 and Favour Tayali 16. The central Region has yet to identify its representatives to the sunday tournament. 
We wish you well our Malawi. We need to invest in you!

Malawi's 3rd Arbiter
Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:48
FIDE Arbiters' Seminar in Durban, South Africa - RESULTS Print
Sunday, 05 October 2014 09:57

fide arbiters seminar

From 25 to 28 September 2014 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Durban, South Africa, by the Chess South Africa and under auspices of FIDE. 

The venue of the Seminar was the International Convention Center, in Durban. 

The lecturer was IA Alex McFarlane (SCO), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant lecturers were IA Gunther van den Berg (RSA) and IA Lara Barnes (ENG). 

Eighteen (18) people (7 from South Africa, 5 from Zimbabwe, 1 each from Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Kenya and Latvia) participated in the Seminar and in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures. The following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm or the title of the FIDE Arbiter and after the approval of the next FIDE Presidential Board:






van  Wyngaard




FA norm





FA norm


Farirai Masimba Arthur



FA title





FA norm





FA norm





FA title


Johannes Cornelis



FA norm





FA norm





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FA norm


Peter Duke Michieka



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FA norm


Vinaya Choudary



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IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission


School Chess Suffers a blow from KCF
Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:17

The news that Kasparov Chess Foundation has withdrawn the School equipment that it had donated to Malawi is a bother that Chess Malawi is finding difficult to believe how a foundation that has the blessing of the most celebrated Chess Icon in the world could do that. Below is a letter suggesting that the equipment will be withdrawn written to the president of Malawi Chess Association from the Director of Kasparov Chess Foundation. It reads,

"Hi Kezzie

The MOU that was circulated in Malawi was signed by some representatives of the Malawi Sports and Education departments but has never been signed off by the KCF Africa directors or Board and has hence never come into effect.

The Board of the Foundation have now critically reviewed the situation in Malawi and has unfortunately decided that we will not be continuing with the rollout of the planned chess in schools program in Malawi at this time. Whilst the groundwork done by both Leonard and Gilton has been outstanding, we have found the overall attitude of the Malawi Chess Federation towards the foundation and our objectives to be very disappointing to say the least.

Please note that we are a donor funded organisation and the decisions taken in Tromso have been carefully noted by all our major sponsors. Some of our African donors are expected to significantly curtail their future support levels as a direct result of the decisions taken in Tromso and this in turn has a direct consequence to our ability to fund projects.

The Board has now made a decision to focus our available funding and resources on countries where the local chess federations have clearly indicated that they wish to work with us for the improvement of chess across the continent. We have also decided that we will not be continuing with the implementation of programs in countries where the full support of the local chess federation cannot be assured. Unfortunately, we do not believe that the Malawi Chess Federation meets this criteria at this time.

Accordingly, I have instructed Leonard and Gilton to send the KCF equipment that was stored in Malawi to our East Africa hub where it will be redirected to the pilot programs scheduled to be launched in the neighbouring countries in the near future.

I will shortly be sending a formal notice of our decision, together with an explanation of the reasons, to the offices of the Malawi Minister of Education and Minister of Sports. I will ensure that you are copied on this correspondence when it is sent.

This has not been an easy decision as we wish the best for Chess in Malawi. Having said this, we must take actions which we believe are in the best interests of the game across the entire continent and we believe that our resources will be better utilised in other jurisdictions at this point in time.

Yours sincerely

Graham Jurgensen


Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa"

Malawi at 2014 World youth Chess Championship
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:14

The 2014 World Youth Chess Championship ended in Durban South Africa with alot of positives. Malawi partipated at the Youth tournament that had about 95 couinries participating. While Malawi was represted by Khwima Gondwe (U10) and Tupokiwe Msukwa (U16) in the Youth Championship Joseph Mwale and Richard Mbedza were testing the Grandmasters in the Durban GM Open. Both Khwima and Tupokiwe won some games (4 for Khwima and 3.5pts for Tupokiwe) and I contend that Malawi should move towards developing the youth.
On the admin side, Kezzie Msukwa attended  and passed in the Arbiters Course from 20th - 25th September 2014 to become the third Arbiter for Malawi after Gilton Mkumbwa who became Arbiter upon attending and passing an exam in 2007 in Namibia seconded by Paul Nyirenda who attended and passed his Arbiters Course in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in 2010.
Malawi is on the move!

by Theodore 

2015 Zone 4.3 Champioships
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:20

Malawi will host the 2015 Zone champioships in April . The last time that Malawi hosted an international chess event was in 2007 when Chessam organised the Junior Championship at Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu.
The zonal Championship this time will include 4 sections. 1. Zone Champioship (Open & Women) 2. Zone Junior (Open and Girls). Champios from the Zone Chapions (Open and Women) sections will have qualified to participate at the world cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2014. As a result of the element of qualifying for the world cup, Chessam expects several senior players in the zone to take part in the tournament.
 Apart from the individual games, Chess Association of Malawi will also organise the Trainers as well as the Arbiters Seminar for those that want to take those proffessional routes.

by Theodore 

First Rated Tournament a success
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:25

The first ever rated tournament organised by Chessam from 13th September to 21st September 2014, was a big success in Lilongwe at the Baptist Theological college Hall.  Upsets were recorded but the good news is that we shall add 3 players to the list of rated players. Playing in a round robbin, the final ranking looked like this:
 1. Chiletso Chipanga 8 pts
2.Alfred Chimthere 8 pts
3.FM Gerald Mphungu 7 pts
4.Stanford Chiwambo 4 pts
5.Petros Mfune 4 pts 
6.Misheck Nyirenda 3.5 pts
7.Newton Jere 3pts
8.Overton Kanyinji 3 pts
9.Hope Mwazozo 2.5 pts
10.Moses Mkadawire 1pt
 From the tournament, it is only Stanford Chiwambo, Newton Jere and Overton Kanyinji that managed to beat the rated players and will therefore benefit by getting rated. From the beginning, Hope Mwazozo looked like the best candidate to beat a rated player but it never turned to be. 
Below is a copy of the newspaper article that came out of the papers..

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