Rating of Players
Sunday, 30 November 2014 22:02

           FIDE ID          Player                         Oct-14              Nov-14             Dec-14
1         20500025       Nyambalo Joseph         2056                2056                 2082
2        16400046        Mwale Joseph              2023                2014                 2074
3        16400119       FM Mphungu Gerrad      2027                2041                 2031
4        20500220        Chipanga Chiletso        2043                2048                 2026
5       16400186         Chimthere Alfred         1979                2004                 2006
6       14305569        Mbedza Richard            2014                1989                 1989
7       16400143        Mwale Chuma               1957                1957                 1957
8       16400194        Mfune Petros                1958                1908                 1874
9       16400194        Khuphwathea Paul        1853                 1853                1841
10     16400127        Banda Francis              1798                 1841                 1841
11     16400135        Jere Newton                                                                 1770
12     20500041         Kanyinji Overton                                                         1714
13     20500459         Chiwambo Stansford                                                   1703
14    20500530         Gondwe Vitumbiko       1505               1505                   1523
15    20500319         Msukwa Tupokiwe        1327               1327                   1291
16    20500491         Msiska Royce              1242               1242                   1260

Are you progressing? Players ratings have been  moving down at a fast rate and that has put alot of pressure on Chessam and have therefore embarked on a regorous performance monitoring. The last three months results are as shown. It is too early to draw any conclusions. Save to say that so far three new players have been rated after two topurnaments that were held in Lilongwe. The newly rated are Chiwambo Stansford, Kanyinji Overton and Jere Newton. The president's vision is to create 100 new rated players by August 2015. by Theodore

National Continental Championship 2014 Qualifiers
Monday, 10 November 2014 14:36

National Continental Championship 2014  Qualifiers (Open & Women)

Dates: 14 – 18  November 2014

Venue: Lilongwe, Malawi
1. National Continental Championship 2014 Qualifier (Open & Women) Invitation

The Chess Association of Malawi has the honor to invite all chess Players that qualified from the Central, Northern and Southern Chess Leagues, all rated players and all players nominated to participate in the 2014 National Continental Championship 2014 Qualifier (Open and Women). The tournament will be held from 14 November (arrival) to 18 November (Departure) 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
2. Playing Venue

The tournament will be held in Lilongwe at a Venue to be announced later.
3. Accommodation

Accommodation will be on the account of individual players.
4. Participants

4.1    Participants that qualified  in the Open Section are as follows::

  1. Wilson Chingati  - NCL
  2. Emmanuel Kaonga - NCL
  3. Newton Jere  - NCL
  4. Khama Chindole – CCL
  5. Charles Kapende – CCL
  6. Misheck Nyirenda – CCL
  7. Hope Mwazozo - CCL
  8. Stanley Biyasi – SCL
  9. Bright Nthala – SCL
  10. Kajani Kaunda – SCL

4.2    Participants that are rated and/or titled are:

  1. FM Gerrard Mphungu
  2. CM Joseph Nyambalo
  3. CM Chiletso Chipanga
  4. CM Richard Mbedza
  5. CM Joseph Chalemba
  6. Joseph Mwale
  7. Alfred Charles Chimthere
  8. Chuma Mwale
  9. Petros Mfune
  10. Paul Khuphwathea
  11. Francis Musume Banda

4.3 Participants that have been nominated are:

  1. Overton Kanyinji
  2. Peter Jayloss
  3. Stansford Chiwambo

4.4   Women’s Category shall have the following players that qualified from the Leagues

  1. Annie Simwaba - NCL
  2. Getrude Chaomba – NCL
  3. Oprah Phiri – NCL
  4. Daisy Nkhoma – CCL
  5. Magret Ngugama – SCL
  6. Lucy Chazemba – SCL

4.5 Rated and Titled Women

  1. Vitumbiko Gondwe
  2. Royce Msiska
  3. Tupokiwe Msukwa
  4. WCM Linda Jambo

4.6   Nominated players

  1. Ellen Mpinganjira
  2. Judith Phiri


4.7   Registration forms for participants are attached herein. All registration forms must be filled and forwarded by the players to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it not later than 14 November 2014
5 System and rate of play

5.1   The Championship will be played in accordance with FIDE regulations on a 9 round Swiss System.

5.2   Time control will be 90 minutes for all moves with no additional time.

5.3    The games will be played using DGT clocks, with all pairings and results published on www.chess-results.com

5.4   The Swiss manager software will be used for managing the Championships

5.5            Draw offers shall not be allowed before Black’s 30th move. (Note: Selling of games in any form is punishable and offenders would be identified)

5.6            All games shall be recorded by the players.

5.7            Cellphones and electronic devices will not be allowed into the playing venue inline with FIDE rules currently in operation.

5.8            Alcohol consumption is not allowed but smoking will be allowed except that Smoking may only be done outside the playing Hall.


 6 Tie Breaks

In an event of a tie for the over-all winner or other places, the tie will be broken as follows:

  1. Player with highest wins
  2. Direct encounter
  3. Sonneborn-Berger system

7.0 Awards
7.1   Winners in each category will have qualified to participate at the 2014 Africa Individual Chess Championship in Namibia

7.2   Winners in each section shall be awarded certificates and cash prizes that shall also be extended to their runners up, up to 5rd position.

7.3   All players that shall play in the National Continental Championship 2014 Qualifier shall be awarded certificates of participation.

7.4   The Tournament results will be submitted to FIDE for rating.
8 Tournament Schedule

8.1   Games shall be played according to the following tournament schedule. Should there be an inevitable change in this schedule, those changes will be communicated during the technical meeting before the start of Round 1.

DATE:                                              TIME:                                                    ACTIVITY:

14.11.2014                                                                                                    ARRIVAL

15.11.2014                                        08.00 Hrs                                              Technical Meeting

15.11.2014                                                                                                   Opening Ceremony

15.11.2014                                        08: 30 Hrs                                             Round1

15.11.2014                                        12:00 Hrs                                              Round 2

15.11.2014                                        15:30 Hrs                                              Round 3

16.11.2014                                        08:00 Hrs                                              Round 4

16.11.2014                                        12:00 Hrs                                              Round 5

16.11.2014                                        15:30 Hrs                                              Round 6

17.11.2014                                        08.00 Hrs                                              Round 7

17.11.2014                                         12.00 Hrs                                              Round 8

 17.11.2014                                        15:30 Hrs                                              Round 9


17.11.2014                                         18.30 Hrs                                              Closing Ceremony

18.11.2014                                                                                                      DEPARTURE

9.0 Chief Arbiter and Appeals Committee

9.1 The Chief Arbiter for the National Continental Championship 2014 Qualifier will be No.20500050 FA Gilton Mkumbwa  and he will be assisted byN0. 20500203 FA Kezzie Msukwa and Arbiter Assistant Leonard Mbwana

9.2 The Appeals committee will consist of three (3) members appointed by the President. Protests shall be handed to The Chief Arbiter within 15 minutes after a round with MK1500 deposit which shall be refunded only if the appeal is upheld

10.0 Board and Lodging

Board and lodging shall be for the cost of individual players

11.0 Registration Fees

11.1 Registration fee for each participating player shall be MK1500 ($3)  and must be paid to Chess Association of Malawi before 15 November 2014 at 8.00 AM.
11.2 Registration of Players later than midnight of 14th November 2014  will be considered as a late registration and will attract a late registration fee of MK500 Per person (Please note that organizers reserve the right to decline late registrations)

11.3 No refunds will be made for any player who fails to turn up to the tournament after paying Registration Fees.

12.0 Travel Arrangements

All travelling arrangements and cost of travel to and from Lilongwe shall be borne by participating players.

13.0 Miscellaneous

A player who withdraws or does not play any round of the tournament will have breached Chessam code of ethics and will be subjected to disciplinary action as led down in the Chessam statutes.

Registration Form

FIDE ID NUMBER         FULL NAME OF PLAYER            PASPORT NUMBER          DATE OF PPT ISSUE         FIDE RATING                          




Kezzie Msukwa


National Junior Qualifiers for African Junior 2014
Thursday, 06 November 2014 19:56

The African Junior Tournament 2014 will be held in Angola from 1-10 December 2014. Malawi has taken quite a while since it last participated in the African Junior that has dominantly been held in the West and North of Africa for some time now.
The Junior Championship has attracted Juniors from all the three Regions of the country who will play a round robin tournament on 9th November 2014 . From the North we will have  the following: Adrian Munthali and Emmanuel Kawonga. Both have just passed their MSCE with good grades of 9 points and 11 points respectively. The ladies category shall have Ulemu Chibwana a Form 3 student at Katoto Sec School and Annie Simwaba a Std 7 brilliant kid. The other Northener shall be Tupokiwe Msukwa who Joins the group by virtue of being seeded as a rated player. Tupokiwe has just done her IGSCE with good grades as well. The performance of these lads in School is a good testimony for chess family. 
The South will be represented by: Wanangwa Munthali, Ernest Moloka in the boys section and Tendai Simwaka 14 and Favour Tayali 16. The central Region has yet to identify its representatives to the sunday tournament. 
We wish you well our Malawi. We need to invest in you!

Malawi's 3rd Arbiter
Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:48
FIDE Arbiters' Seminar in Durban, South Africa - RESULTS Print
Sunday, 05 October 2014 09:57

fide arbiters seminar

From 25 to 28 September 2014 a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Durban, South Africa, by the Chess South Africa and under auspices of FIDE. 

The venue of the Seminar was the International Convention Center, in Durban. 

The lecturer was IA Alex McFarlane (SCO), FIDE Lecturer and Assistant lecturers were IA Gunther van den Berg (RSA) and IA Lara Barnes (ENG). 

Eighteen (18) people (7 from South Africa, 5 from Zimbabwe, 1 each from Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Kenya and Latvia) participated in the Seminar and in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures. The following succeeded in the test and will be awarded a norm or the title of the FIDE Arbiter and after the approval of the next FIDE Presidential Board:






van  Wyngaard




FA norm





FA norm


Farirai Masimba Arthur



FA title





FA norm





FA norm





FA title


Johannes Cornelis



FA norm





FA norm





FA title





FA norm


Peter Duke Michieka



FA title





FA norm


Vinaya Choudary



FA title

IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission


School Chess Suffers a blow from KCF
Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:17

The news that Kasparov Chess Foundation has withdrawn the School equipment that it had donated to Malawi is a bother that Chess Malawi is finding difficult to believe how a foundation that has the blessing of the most celebrated Chess Icon in the world could do that. Below is a letter suggesting that the equipment will be withdrawn written to the president of Malawi Chess Association from the Director of Kasparov Chess Foundation. It reads,

"Hi Kezzie

The MOU that was circulated in Malawi was signed by some representatives of the Malawi Sports and Education departments but has never been signed off by the KCF Africa directors or Board and has hence never come into effect.

The Board of the Foundation have now critically reviewed the situation in Malawi and has unfortunately decided that we will not be continuing with the rollout of the planned chess in schools program in Malawi at this time. Whilst the groundwork done by both Leonard and Gilton has been outstanding, we have found the overall attitude of the Malawi Chess Federation towards the foundation and our objectives to be very disappointing to say the least.

Please note that we are a donor funded organisation and the decisions taken in Tromso have been carefully noted by all our major sponsors. Some of our African donors are expected to significantly curtail their future support levels as a direct result of the decisions taken in Tromso and this in turn has a direct consequence to our ability to fund projects.

The Board has now made a decision to focus our available funding and resources on countries where the local chess federations have clearly indicated that they wish to work with us for the improvement of chess across the continent. We have also decided that we will not be continuing with the implementation of programs in countries where the full support of the local chess federation cannot be assured. Unfortunately, we do not believe that the Malawi Chess Federation meets this criteria at this time.

Accordingly, I have instructed Leonard and Gilton to send the KCF equipment that was stored in Malawi to our East Africa hub where it will be redirected to the pilot programs scheduled to be launched in the neighbouring countries in the near future.

I will shortly be sending a formal notice of our decision, together with an explanation of the reasons, to the offices of the Malawi Minister of Education and Minister of Sports. I will ensure that you are copied on this correspondence when it is sent.

This has not been an easy decision as we wish the best for Chess in Malawi. Having said this, we must take actions which we believe are in the best interests of the game across the entire continent and we believe that our resources will be better utilised in other jurisdictions at this point in time.

Yours sincerely

Graham Jurgensen


Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa"

Malawi at 2014 World youth Chess Championship
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 07:14

The 2014 World Youth Chess Championship ended in Durban South Africa with alot of positives. Malawi partipated at the Youth tournament that had about 95 couinries participating. While Malawi was represted by Khwima Gondwe (U10) and Tupokiwe Msukwa (U16) in the Youth Championship Joseph Mwale and Richard Mbedza were testing the Grandmasters in the Durban GM Open. Both Khwima and Tupokiwe won some games (4 for Khwima and 3.5pts for Tupokiwe) and I contend that Malawi should move towards developing the youth.
On the admin side, Kezzie Msukwa attended  and passed in the Arbiters Course from 20th - 25th September 2014 to become the third Arbiter for Malawi after Gilton Mkumbwa who became Arbiter upon attending and passing an exam in 2007 in Namibia seconded by Paul Nyirenda who attended and passed his Arbiters Course in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in 2010.
Malawi is on the move!

by Theodore 

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