Bushiri to sponsor chess in Malawi at K10m: Biggest ever tournament

South Africa-based preacher and businessman, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is in talks with Malawian chess administrators to sponsor biggest ever chess tournament in Malawi to be called ‘Major One Chess Open’ at the tune of MK10 million to start in April next year.

Bushiri (right) and Mazozo playing the game during their talks

This was disclosed by treasurer for Central Region Chess League Hope Mazozo, who is currently  in South Africa for more talks over the sponsorship talks as he has close links with Bushiri and the April date has been set so that Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) can do all the preparations for a tournament of that magnitude.

Mazozo, who is Malawi national team player, said Prophet Bushiri is an ardent and a strong chess player and during their sponsorship talks they played a game in which Bushiri won.

“He started playing chess when he was as young as five years old. He believes the game helps in critical thinking. For that reason he is willing to promote the game in Malawi through a major tournament and a schools’ league,” Mazozo said.

“And he has passion for chess and when he learnt how the game is loved in Malawi, he got inspired to help develop it. He indicated that he is impressed that Chessam has a schools training programme.

“For the school league it will start with the new calender season for schools. And as for the annual ‘Major One Chess Open’ tournament, it starts next year in April.

“The first funding will be K10 million with a possibility of expansion depending on how things will be handled. He loves the game because it helps people to be creative.

“Chess is a speed game. A chess player will eventually develop fast thinking abilities which can be applied in every area of life. It’s also a good way to spend free time in a productive manner which consequently protects people especially the youth from harmful ways and habits,” Mazozo said.

Despite his evangelical work, Bushiri is also a philanthropist as he has helped underprivileged people by donating maize flour and cash to thousands of them.

If this pans out well it will be a huge relief to Chessam, which is about to lose its biggest partner, Mdina Engineering, which was sponsoring the Mdina Malawi Open and its final tournament will be held next year in which the winner shall receive MK1 million.

Chess is gaining so much ground and just last month, Malawi was represent at the 2018 world Chess Olympiad that saw Malawi achieve the FIDE Master title in Joseph Mwale and also through George Mwale and Ellen Mpinganjira also achieved the Candidate Master and Woman Candidate Master titles respectively.

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Hubert
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Hubert

This is so wonderful a development @Bushiri! Updating my chess for the 2019 April grab

Moses Mkandawire
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Moses Mkandawire

Wow, this is welcome development from the Major Prophet himself, personally i am grateful for this tournament which will go along way motivating us the youth and give us hope for a brighter future in chess.

In my opinion, this will open a great chapter in chess. We’re happy, for the good of chess.

Bravo Major 1

KAUSIPA
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KAUSIPA

CHANGE GOAL NOW !!! INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR FOOTBALL SPONSORS — NOW LETS SWITCH ON TO CHESS —IT SEEMS FOOTBALL IS LOSING GROUND

Gerald Mphungu
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Gerald Mphungu

..wow!!!..this can be the greatest tournament ever, in nalawi,!!…this is more than any other malawian chess player cud imagine!…

Eddie Kulesi
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Eddie Kulesi

Bravo! This is the step that will professionalize the game.

Godwin
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Godwin

Very nice of you major. Great effort Bazooka.

Mayeso Mphande
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Mayeso Mphande

This is a wonderful gesture and should this indeed happen it will be one of the greatest steps of chess development in Malawi.

Lumbani Banda
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Lumbani Banda

Good show Bushiri, looking forward to the games next year in April

KingRazor
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KingRazor

Well done Bazooka and nice move Bushiri. Chess will never be the same now.

Frank Khonje
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Frank Khonje

Great move Mr Mwazozo. An even bigger move from Bushiri. A ground breaking event that will benefit many individuals than we may anticipate!

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