Tuesday, 05 October 2010 14:41
It all happened. First it was the Chessam President, Kezzie Msukwa,missing a Plane in Addis enroute to Khanty-Mansiysk. Reason, passport dropped in the plane at Addis. As a result, he missed all the other flights. The price is that he had to buy another ticket for Rubs 15000 ( MK75000) in Vnukovo as the UTAir officials could not take any of his explanations. Thanks to Geoffrey Borg who quickly worked to ask FIDE to rescue the Chessam official. As if that was not a sharing experience, Petros Mfune was left in Addis as the other players proceeded to Lilongwe. Reason, Answering to Nature's call accrding to the team leader Paul Nyirenda. Luckily, ET has taken care of him by accomodating and feeding him at the beautiful Riviera Hotel.
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:06
The Malawi Chess Team returned from the Chess Olympiad as an improved side. Led by Treasurer and DI Paul Nyirenda, the men's team of Dr Francis Banda, Chuma Mwale, Chiletso Chipanga, Joseph Nyambalo and Petros Mfune came back in beautiful Malawi Flag truck tops followed closely by the ladies team comprising Vitumbiko Gondwe, WCM Linda Jambo, Loyce Kapila and Ndawonga Mwale. Climbing from 132 to 127 in the world, the Malawi men's side is now on position 13 in Africa. Egyp[t has maintained its African Superiority(41 in the world) followed Zambia(47 in the world) on two, RSA on 3 and Libya on 4 completing the top four positions. Chiletso Chipanga was outstanding in Malawi men's colours while Linda Jambo was having Christmas in the girls category. Jambo has become the first woman candidate Master for Malawi. The Honors list on the chess fraternity is increasing with the addition of Paul Nyirenda being the first Malawian Development Instructor, Gilton Mkumbwa as First Malawian FIDE Arbiter and the the Candidate Nasters Joseph Chalemba, Malama Mwanza, and Now WCM Linda Jambo. Meanwhile Chess Association of Malawi has reiterated that they will continue having rated tournaments in order to increase the number of rated players. The second of such is expected in December 2010.
Thursday, 30 September 2010 08:13
Paul Nyirenda has become the first Malawi development Instructor for Chess after undergoing a strenious instuctors course during the 39th FIDE Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Paul becomes the second recognised FIDE titled official for Malawi after Fide Arbirter (FA) Gilton Mkumbwa who qualified in Namibia 2008. Malawi has yet to get a titled player above the candidate Masters who are yet to be certified by FIDE. Chiletso Chipanga, may miss the chance of becoming the first Malawian FIDE Master after having missed to win 66.66% of the games first 9 games being played in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Linda Shines
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:00
While all the players are finding it tough at the Olympiad in Khanty, Linda Jambo is having a go at the ladies section. She has only lost a game in the past six games. Linda is highly expected to become the first rated woman player in Malawi. She promises to continue winning. Ndawonga Mwale has also registered two wins and one for Loyce Kapila. Vitumbiko on board one has it tough.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:50
The Malawi Chess Team currently playing at the 39th Chess olympiad woke up to a rude start at the event by losing all games in both categories.
Team Sleeps at airport
Monday, 20 September 2010 11:12
The Malawi National Chess Team failed to connect to Khanty-mansiysk after the organisers changed the flight time without proper notifications. In an email to the Chessam President,leader of delegation, Paul Nyirenda wrote "..Wish to inform you that we travelled well from Malawi to Dubai. We arrived in Dubai this morning (19th September 2010)at 3 am. However, we have been told that our flight to Russia has been rescheduled to tomorrow. As a result, we are forced to sleep at the airport in Dubai for a night due to the unexpected flight change. No accomodation has been made by the organisers as such we may sleep on the floor as we are also not allowed to get out of the airport due to VISA requirements. So far we have met several other players from different countries such as Zambia, Botswana, Nigeria etc. Will keep you updated." Chessam regrets this inconvenience and blames the organisers for the inconvenience. It must be noted that several federations had cautioned the organisers for the several changes that they had done within the past few days. notable to react first were the Royal Dutch Chess Federation as in an email that reads: On 15 Sep 2010, at 11:32, Jeroen Bosch wrote: > > To the Organizing Committee of the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, > > Changing the charter times at such short notice is of course completely > unacceptable. > > The Dutch Chess Federation loses the connecting flight tickets in that case. > And I am sure that numerous other participating teams would lose their > connecting flight tickets as well. > > The Dutch Chess Federation demands that the charter times are changed back > to the schedule that was well publicized on the FIDE website and > communicated by the organisers as the final flight schedule. > > For our Munich flight this means: > LG 7525 19 Sep Munich 16.25 Khanty-Mansiysk 03.00 (20 Oct) > LG 7528 4 Oct Khanty-Mansiysk 04.35- Munich 05.10 (4 Oct) > > If you do not change back the flight schedule we demand full financial > compensation. > > We expect your reply confirming the change back to the charter times as > above within 24 hours. > > ROYAL DUTCH CHESS FEDERATION (KNSB) >
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