Sempha Investments bankrolls chess league, injects K1 mil for CRCL

Amidst cries for sponsorship by chess players in the Central Region, Sempha Investments has bankrolled MK1million to the Central Region Chess League (CRCL) to stage quarterly chess tournaments.

Sempha Investments Country Director, Charles Sempha Zimba, whose consortium is engaged in the construction industry, lauded CRCL for approaching him saying his organisation was always delighted in sponsoring minority sporting activities.

CRCL Chairperson, Moses Mtumbuka said the Sempha sponsorship would be annual and that the MK1million was for 2017.

He went on to disclose that the maiden tournament was slated for 7 October and that it would comprise Open and Ladies sections along with school teams’ categories.

Commending Sempha Investments for the sponsorship, Mtumbuka said; “The tournaments are a timely blessing as they will help prepare the region’s chess players for the 2018 World Chess Olympiad in Georgia.”

In a related development, Mtumbuka also disclosed that renowned chess enthusiasts; Mpilo Mizere, Powell Nkhutabasa and Oswald Mtupila have agreed to pump in MK150, 000 for a team tournament bonanza on November 18 an 19 to further boost chess competition amongst the region’s players.

“Mpilo is a reputable businessman while Powell and Oswald are renowned lawyers according to the CRCL Chairperson,” he explained.

CRCL boasts of top chess teams like Sweeping Pawns, Alenje, Area 25 Castles, Likuni, Central Knights and Area 36 Chess club. The college and secondary school teams are heavily encouraged to participate, according to Mtumbuka.

“There is also a Bazooka Open Tournament, earmarked to the tune of MK150,000 sponsored by Hope Mwazozo, one of the true sons of chess in the city of Lilongwe which is slated for December 9 and 10, to offer a Christmas recipe to Central Region chess players,” further disclosed Mtumbuka.

The CRCL Chair has since urged the region’s players to brace themselves for a tournament laden end of year which would be designed to sharpen their play as they gear up to tussle in the regional qualifiers for the World Chess Olympiad.

CRCL qualifiers for the Olympiad are slated for the period between end December and first week of January with national qualifiers to follow later next year.

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