Chess Olympiad 2014
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.










Malawi performs decimally
Monday, 10 September 2012 23:33

The Malawi Team led by Zengani Mkandawire to the 40th Chess Olympiad that was held in Istanbul from 27th August to 10th September 2012 has worsened the ranking of Malawi up by 15 steps to 140. The team comprising of Chiletso Chipanga, Joseph Nyambalo, Richard Mbedza and Joseph Mwale from board1 to 4 in that order never showed any commitment to the purpose that they went there for. Neither did the South African based Khuphwathea on substitute rescue the team from miseries. On individual performance, Joseph Nyambalo was a candidate for the FM title all the way up to the 6th round as he had 4 points just needing two points with four games to play. but alas! he couldnot go beyond four and therefore got a candidate master title together with Richard who also finished with four points after eight games he played.#%# Having failed  to impress at the olympiad, they are captured here at Bole airport struggling to beat Zimbabwea International Master Robert Gwaze.#

by Kezzie Msukwa 

Mpinganjira fired
Saturday, 04 February 2012 16:14

Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has removed chairman for the Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) Stanley Mpinganjira after establishing that he lied to the general assembly about his conviction.

Mpinganjira was convicted of a criminal offence within the last six years and served a two year jail term at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre. The development meant Mpinganjira could not serve in any capacity in the Chessam executive or in any of the association's affiliate bodies, whose statutes bar those convicted of a criminal offence or an offence bordering on corruption within the last six years.

However, Mpinganjira lied to the general assembly during SRCL's recent elections that his conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court following an appeal and told the gathering that he was demanding K22 million Malawi Kwacha from the Malawi government for wrongful imprisonment.

After putting forward the claim, the elections' returning officer allowed him to stand for the position of chairman on condition that he produces the evidence that he was acquited within 14 days or risk being removed as chairman, if he won the election.

Mpinganjira won the elections after defeating outgoing chairperson Susan Namangale by 25 votes against 17. However, the former SRCL general secretary failed to produce the evidence within the 14 days claiming he was having problems to access documents from the supreme court because of the ongoing judicial strike. He also claimed he could not get the document from his lawyer Christopher Chiphwanya because he owed the lawyer a substantial amount of money from the court case.

The development prompted Chessam to institute its own investigations, which revealed Mpinganjira lied to the executive. According to Chessam's findings, Chiphwanya handled Mpinganjira's appeal to the high court after he was convicted by a lower court. The appeal was never successful.

In view of the development, Chessam has removed Mpinganjira from his position and replaced him with his deputy Stanley Mtuwa, who will be holding the position in acting capacity pending elections for another chairman.

The association also says Mpinganjira risks stern punishment for lying to the assembly and bringing the game of chess into disrepute.


By: Leonard Sharrah


Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:42

The 2012 presidential chess tournament set for Mzuzu is heating up. Since the announcement by Chessam in Mangochi late last year of the host city to be Mzuzu, every player in Mzuzu is excited and hopes to take advantage of the home ground and beat the visiting players in the likes of Chiletso Chipanga, Joseph Mwale( who recently ended up on 4th position in the just ended African Youth Championship in Lusaka last December) and others. A tour of duty to Mchengautuwa, Chibavi and Katawa revealed similar findings where Martin Mambulasa, Rombani Kaluwa and Seko Soko (aka GM) respectively, all believe they will finish tops. You go to Mchengautuwa, you will find players glued to a single board at Mphande's barbershop; in Chibavi under some unique long bluegum trees,all preparing for the event. The nomadic Katawa group have no real fixed playing venue.

Mzuzu players have never been on the top 10 ranking since the inception of the presidential chess championship in 2008,save for woman Champion Linda Jambo. In similar tournaments, Mzuzu players have often ended up with wooden spoons; memorable on this was the strongman, zambian trained Wasoka Chirwa in 2006.

However, the game has tremendously improved, thanks to the motivation through the gracious sponsorship of Ilala Crest Lodge Ltd who have granted free playing venues for Chess and an offer of Mk100,000 for the year.

Meanwhile, the organising commiittee for this tournament has been appointed and it consists of: Sam Nkwazi (Chair), Isaac Mphande, Martin Mambulasa, Innocent Salanjira, Georgina Musowoya, Linda Jambo and a representative from Malawi Schools Sports Association (MASSA).

The presidential tournament is for both schools and seniors.

We live to witness who will scoop the wooden weapon.

By: Chipundughulu

Sunday, 15 January 2012 20:44

After Chessam directed that elections be done in all the three Regional leagues, it transpired that all the top brass lost their estates.

Former vice president, Isaac Mumba assuped his former boss, Kondwani Nyirenda, to become the Northen Region Chairman. Outsider Stan Kafere was elected to take over Ulemu Chiluzi to become the Central Region boss. These positions were filled on 7th January 2012 to run for 2 years. A week later, Former GS for the south, Stanly Mpinganjira beat his former chief, Susan Namangale to lead the South for the next 2 years. The polls in the South unlike the other regional leagues was not without controversy as the new chair served a sentence for criminal offences until last year.

The Chessam statutes under article 7.0 (2) reads önly people that have not been convicted over the past 6 years for corrupt practices or any criminal offence shall"not be elligible for elections".


Thursday, 24 November 2011 21:30
Mdina Engineerin
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