Presidential Chess Organisers appointed
Friday, 11 March 2011 19:37
The Chessam president has nominated people into a committee of organisers for the 2010/11 presidential chess tournament whose finals will be held in Lilongwe in April. Meanwhile the tournament has its inaugulation ceremony at Ilala Crest lodge in Mzuzu on saturday 12th March. NCL Chair Kondwani Nyirenda organised the event inline with Govt's directive that the inauguration ceremony for this year would be held in the small northen city of Mzuzu. The committee comprises of celebrated chess players and administrators including: Akim Mwale, Leonard Sharra,Leonard Mbwana, Florence Chithira, Petros Mfune, Ms Soko of LL Girls, Linda Jambo, Yohanne Misomali,Hermes Kasiya and Blackson Malamula. "It is our conviction that these men and ladies in black and white pieces will make the winning move and make this year's tournament a big success,"said the chess president, Kezzie Msukwa. Good luck.
Sunday, 13 February 2011 20:19
As chess continues enjoying a good form in Malawi, more Malawians have shown interest to lift the mind game. Recently, Mdina Civil Engineering company came to the stage by sponsoring the indicvidual championship in Blantyre where Joseph Nyambalo showed his superiority on the board. The good news is that Mdina has assured the chess family that their marriage is intact for next year.
Friday, 21 January 2011 19:13
The last quarter for the 2010 Lab Enterprise chess tournament was held in Blantyre at Malawi Sun over the weekending 16th January 2011. Joseph Nyambalo triumphed in the tournament ahead of cm Chiletso Chipanga, Petros Mfune, the marauding whizkid Joseph Mwale and the menacing Richard Chiona from Zomba. On a report monitored on MBC Tv, Nyambalo artributed his win to hardwork and training. Meanwhile, Lab Enterprises has pledged to continue sponsoring SCL in this year. Lab Enterprise tournament has become one of the most popular tournaments in Malawi in recent times attracting players from all the three regions of the country. Seko Soko has been the prominent rep from the Niorth but he has achieved very little in all his appearances despite dominating the Mzuzu league. Kondwani Nyirenda who was also supposed to show up on behalf of the North chickened out at the eleventh hour after noting his weaknesses. He confessed to the Chessam president that he did not expect a good result against the strong SCL players.
2nd rated Tournament
Saturday, 18 December 2010 19:53
Malawi is expected to hold its next rated tournament in Blantyre from 28th December 2010. There are currently seven (7) rated players of Malawian origin. The Chess Association of Malawi has engaged itself in a rigorous exercise aimed at increasing its rated player base. Publicity Secretary Gilton Mkumbwa announced that Chessam would love to have in excess of 200 rated players by 2014.
Where should we invest?
Monday, 22 November 2010 19:44
That chess is a game where the old and the young can compete without any fear of age is a true and encouraging phenomena. Now the question is where do we invest inorder to ensure sustainability of the sport in Malawi. The recent survey across the regions still indicate that there are no tangible sponsorships amongst the regions. In an interview with the Chessam Executive Member in Mzuzu, Mr Isaac Mumba revealed to Chess Association of Malawi that they have had it difficult in identifying sponsorship for both the Juniors and the seniors. Ilala crest Lodge has offered an olive branch to sponsor chess in the region and has accepted that we can use part of the sponsorsip to secondary schools. Where should we invest first? Secondary Schools or primary schools? your guess is as good as mine. The benefits in starting with primary schools will far outway secondary school adventures. The Juniors seen in this picture, Fortunate 18yrs and his 3 year-old young brother, will not see their interest going any where if we do not get a sponsor in the near future. Who then holds the key to chess. Is it Multichoice?. Or is it some embassy in Lilongwe or is it Government?Is it individuals? Or is it a Tobacco company? The Government of Malawi is in principle agreable to starting chess in Schools working hand in hand with Chessam as agreed to a question by member of parliament for Chitipa East by the minister of sports early last year. The number of pupils ready to play chess is huge. The chess president had a meeting with teachers and students(seated in their class with no desks) of Chisansu FP School. Most of them do not have an idea of what chess is all about. Teachers too do not know what chess is all about. It will be therefore a big task to introduce chess here. Eager School children wanting chess< In the last FIDE congress in Khanty-Mansiysk, President Kirsan emphasised the fact that he will allocate tangible sums of money aimed at developing Chess in Africa. Most African countries are looking forward to seeing guidelines from FIDE on how these funds will be accessesed
Chess popular in Mchenga-Utuwa
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 19:28
Mchenga-Utuwa township has become the latest home of chess in Mzuzu City. Wherever you travel you either find people under a tree or at a drinking joint surroiunding a chess board. Recently, the chess fraternity in Mzuzu that had been flocking to Katawa for khonde chess have all turned their attention to the new chess township where you get more than ten players at any one place around the board. In an interview with the general secretary, Mr. Mphande at his barbarshop, he said that their were more than 3o players within the area that come to play chess at this place. Mchenga-Utuwa becomes the third township to be popular on chess after Chibavi and Katawa. It has been noted however that the Chibavi members have of late become less active.
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