Inspired by the election of former Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) president Kezzie Msukwa general secretary for African Chess Confederation (ACC) on Wednesday, October 3, both the ladies and men’s Team Malawi won their matches on Thursday during their 10th round of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad taking place in the Eastern European city of Batumi in Georgia.
The men’s team won 3-1 against Namibia through George Mwale, Candidate Master (CM) Joseph Mwale while Fide Master (FM) Gerald Mphungu and CM Chiletso Chipanga drew.
The ladies beat fellow Africans Mauritius 3.5-0.5 through Women Fide Master (WFM) Linda Jambo-Chaononga, Desiderata Nkhoma, Annie Simwaba while Ellen Mpinganjira drew.
On Wednesday, just before Msukwa faced his fate during the world chess governing body FIDE’s election results, the men’s Team Malawi beat Jersey 3.5-0.5 while the ladies lost all four to fellow Africans Angola in the 9th round.
Going into the final round on Friday, the individual scored cards for men are: CM Joseph Mwale (5.5 points out of 8); CM Chipanga (3 points out of 8), George Mwale (2.5 points out of 6), FM Mphungu (2 points out of 8) and Richard Chiona (0.5 point out of 5).
For the ladies: Mpinganjira (3 points out of 6), Margret Ngugama (3 points out of 7), Nkhoma (2 points out of 8), WFM Chaononga (1.5 points out of 8) and Simwaba (0.5 point out of 7).
Chessam publicity secretary Alfred Chinthere said having accumulated 6.5 points out of nine games, CM Joseph Mwale has attained the Fide Master (FM) title, becoming Malawi’s second FM after Gerald Mphungu, who attained his title in 2014 in Tromso, Norway.
“The FM title is attained by winning at least 66.66% (two thirds) of your first nine games in any international (Fide rated) tournament which Joseph has done,” Chinthere said.
“As for George Mwale and Ellen Mpinganjira at 3.5 points out of 7 games, they have attained the title of CM and WCM respectively. George Mwale joins the list of CM’s that has Chiletso Chipanga, Petros Mfune, Alfred Chimthere, Joseph Nyambalo and Paul Khuphwathea.
“Ellen Mpinganjira becomes a second woman to have a title for Malawi after WFM Jambo-Chaononga.
Linda attained her WFM title in 2015 when Malawi hosted the Zone 4.3 tournament.
“The CM title is attained by winning at least 50% of your first 7 games in any international (Fide rated) tournament,” Chinthere explained.
In their final round on Friday as they wind up the 2018 Olympiad, the men’s date Namibia in which FM Dante M date FM Mphungu, FM Mueller Leonhard meet George Mwale, CM Eichab Charles against CM Chipanga while Gariseb Immanuel will be up against CM Joseph Mwale.
Against Mauritius, the ladies have Essoo Uvika against WFM Jambo-Chaononga, Andhin Chethanah v Nkhoma, Zephir Marie v Mpinganjira and Dindoyal Anupriya dating up-and-coming Simwaba.
Msukwa, the president for Southern African regional chess body, the Zone 4.3 — managing 14 chess federations — was Chessam president for 14 years until August this year when Susan Namangale took over and was also in Batumi in his capacity as a FIDE electoral commissioner when the delegates elected former Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich as FIDE president.
Msukwa won on the ticket of Zambian Lewis Ncube, who by virtue of retaining his post as ACC president means Msukwa also wins the post he contested for as general secretary, as explained online by Namangale.
Ncube floored West African financial magnet, Essoh Essis of Cote d’Ivoire by 23 votes to 21. Ncube once served as FIDE deputy president.
Msukwa has now joined Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu as the country’s pride in international sports administration after Nyamilandu was elected as FIFA Council African Anglophone member during an elective congress held on Sunday in Egypt.
Earlier, Dvorkovich beat his rival Georgios Makropoulos from Greece by an overwhelming 103 votes against 78. Makropoulos, who had been FIDE vice-president since 1982, had been acting as FIDE president after Kirsan Ilyumzinov was kicked out by a presidential board, accusing him of being unethical in his dealings.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :