Malawi Chess game developing fast in schools

School chess culture is getting stronger in Malawi’s Southern Region and more sponsors are willing to support the game.

St. Pauls vs Majuni at Villa Tafika in Mangochi
Chess action at Luchenza Secondary School
The region’s acting schools chess coordinator Magret Ngungama says there has been quite a lot of youth chess action in the region and just on Saturday three schools — Michiru View in Chirimba, Blantyre; Luchenza Secondary and Luchenza CDSS both from Luchenza, Thyolo — participated in some strength testing games at Luchenza Secondat School in a team event where each school fielded two teams.
“About 40 students took part in the games,” Ngungama said. “Michiru View 1 carried the day with 4 points out of the possible 5 points while Luchenza Secondary 1 and Luchenza CDSS 1 tied on position 2 with 3.5 points.
“The player of the tournament was Benaya Chisale of Luchenza CDSS, who amassed a total of 5 points on board 1. On second position with the same number of points on board 2 was Dan Maseya of Luchenza Seconday while on 3rd place was Lumbani Tondolo of Michiru View with 4 points on board 1.”
She said whilst games were being played at Luchenza, she was also conducting a chess workshop at Thyolo Secondary School which covered the introduction of the the game’s basic rules and openings.
Meanwhile, Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) vice-president Mark Chikoko, through Mount Lodge in Mangochi, will be sponsoring a tournament every school term.
“The tournament aims at improving the standard of chess amongst the youth by providing chess equipment as prizes and paying school fees for the winners.
“This is a closed tournament which aims to benefit the Mangochi community. The inaugural tournament was held at Villa Tafika in Mangochi where St Paul Secondary played against Majuni CDSS.
Ngungama is actiong as schools chess coordinator in place of Ndindase Ngoma, a former teacher at Likangala Secondary School in Zomba, who was elected to that position in December but resigned in January after got a new appointment in Kasungu.

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