President Bingu Wamutharika Spoils School Chess
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 18:54

The final event for talent identification took place on 3rd July 2010 at Malawi Posts and Telecommunication in Blantyre. The focus was on Secondary School students. The competition commenced on 19th June 2010 with regional qualifiers of which the following were the educational divisions that participated. • Northern Division, • Central Division, • Western Division, • Eastern Division • Southern Division.
In each Division two best teams (one boys team and one girls team) were selected except in the Eastern Division where there was no girls Team, as a result Kalibu Academy from Southern region was drafted in. Accordingly, the following were the Teams that qualified for the Finals.

Region                      Boys Team                   Girls Team
Northern Division       Royal Private Boys         Royal Private Girls 
Western Division        Likuni Boys                    Lilongwe Girls
Central Division          Kamuzu Barracks          Kaliyeka Girls
Southern Division       Mlauli Boys                   Njamba & Karibu Academy
Easten Division           St Charles Luangwa

At the end of the Tournament Njamba Open CDSS emerged winners in girls’ category led by upcoming form 2 girl, Victoria Gondwe while Kamuzu Barracks was on position one in boys category.

On individual performance, Gondwe was outstanding in the ladies category ahead of others like Sharlone Lenno of Royal Pvt, Judith Phiri and Wezzie Mtheya of Kaliyeka Girls, Chifuniro Chagomerana, Thandie Mbeta of Lilongwe Girls and others from Kalibu Academy. The naughty Joseph Mwale was no match for Lombani Kaluba of Royal Pvt who outclassed the Likuni boys champion with moves from Katawa.

Winners in each category cut home MK50,000 with runners up going away with Mk30,000 each. The Chess Association president Hon Kezzie Msukwa thanked President Ngwazi Proffessor Bingu Wamutharika for initiating the presidential chess tournament that has seen new talent being identified. Henry Mereka, representing Sports council assured players that Government would continue supporting all sports including chess.

Meetings of FIDE President with the African Chess Federations

On the 6th of July the FIDE President, Head of Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, to participate in Administrators seminar for the leaders of African Chess Federations.

He addressed the guests of the seminar, participated in the presentation that was prepared and submitted by FIDE Commercial Director

Mr. Geoffrey Borg, discussed with the leaders of African Chess Federations a number of the most urgent issues of chess development in the African continent.

Summing up the working visit of the FIDE President to Africa, we can describe it as very constructive and important for development of chess in this continent. After meeting with the Zambian Sports Minister it was decided that since new school year chess shall be introduced in Zambian schools as a facultative subject.

At the meeting with 18 leaders of the Chess Federations a great number of important issues were discussed and many important decisions were taken: preparation of trainers and arbiters, participation of the teams in the 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad.

A sensational idea was expressed – for the first time in the history to organize in 2016 the first Chess Olympiad in Africa. Ilyumzhinov said: "to date we have 33 African countries as FIDE members. Our task is for the rest 20 to join FIDE in the nearest future".

Some Photos from the visit..

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FIDE President in the center and (from left to right) the Vice-Chairman of Ghana Chess Federation Edward Nii Lamptey THOMPSON, President of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat YAZICI, FIDE Vice-President Lewis NCUBE, FIDE Commercial Director Geoffrey BORG FIDE President and the President of Gabon Chess Federation Bongo Akanga NDJILA BARTHELEMY
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FIDE President Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV and the President of Cameroonian Chess Federation Michel Nguele VIANG From left to right: General Secretary of Kenya Chess Federation Lawrence KAGAMBI, FIDE President and the Chairman of Kenya Chess Federation Andolo AMBASI
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