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.
Mfune, Nyambalo, Banda,mwale, rated,
Friday, 22 October 2010 07:47
The improvement of chess in Malawi can not be overemphasized basing on the FIDE rating list where we have seen three more players being rated taking the number of rated players to seven. Petros Mfune becomes the second strongest player resident in Malawi rated 2049 behind Chiletso Chipanga 2138. The others that have attained FIDE ratings include Joseph Nyambalo 1914 and Frances Banda rated 1858 and Chuma mwale. Alfred Chimthere,who had enjoyed the top spot for a while has dropped to forth in Malawi. His drop has largely been due to the loss he suffered at the hands of Mfune in a rated tournament in Mzuzu. The other rated player, Richard Mbedza rated 2122 is known to have been playing in RSA. The good news about the increase of these rated players is that they will benchmark all other players in Malawi. There are two official candidate Masters from Malawi according to the FIDE website. Linda Jambo,not rated, joined Chiletso Chipanga on that title recently.
Chess in Schools on the microscope
Monday, 18 October 2010 13:53
Chess and Sports have been the subject of discussion at the shores of Lake Malawi, where Chess President engaged some parliamentarians on the merits and demerits of chess in Schools. Lawyer Edwin Banda, here discusses a point with the Chess President. Some countries have introduced chess in Schools and it is beeing watched how this will progress in Malawi. There is political willingness to introduce chess in schools but the challenge is that most Malawian companies have not opened up to sponsoring sports including chess. It is not only chess that is lucking sponsorship, as football and Netball among others are in similar financial problems. The Malawi president, H.E. Ngwazi Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika introduced the presidential initiative on sports in 2008 with a view of enhancing sports participation and the program is achieving tremendous achievements in chess and other sport disciplines. The supreme chess body in Malawi, Chessam will be holding a meeting in Blantyre at the weekend where it is expected to discuss chess in schools. The national champions in the open chess category have been mainly students from school in the recent past, Joseph Mwale has dominated the ranks until recently when another school boy, Gerrard Mphungu stole the show in the qualifications for the 39th Chess Olympiad that he failed to participate in due to academic engagements.
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