Resources are not adequate to manage proper chess activities at national level but there is all the potential to attract more stakeholders to the sport to make it more glamorous and develop the game further.
Southern Region Chess League chairman Wasoka Chirwa, who is vying for the post of General secretary at the elections of office bearers for Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) at the last eeek of August, says he intends to make chess to continue being a household name by sourcing more sponsorship for the game.
“Southern Region Chess League has played more tournaments than any other region in this country during my tenure of office,” he said. “We have improved the schools’ development programmes a resuscitated college chess which almost died.
“We have worked so hard to make sure that we play a sponsored chess tournament every month and once voted into office, I will make sure that the achievements I attained at league level are translated into the national level.
“And to attest to what Southern Region Chess League has achieved under my tenure of office is that we produced an African Amateurs champion in Chiletso Chipanga, who went on to make Malawi proud by coming 6th at the World Amateurs in Italy.
“We can produce more players of Chiletso’s calibre by making sure our plays are accorded with more very competitive games at regional and national levels.
“The sport has gained more ground and more stakeholders are now willing to sponsor the game. Chessam as an entity has done a lot under the leadership of outgoing president Kezzie Msukwa and all we need to do is carry that legacy forward by finding more sponsorship and venture into some activities that can sustain the organisation in finances,” he said.
At the prize giving ceremony of the Mdina Engineering Malawi Open held two weeks ago at College of Medicine in Blantyre, Msukwa urged the chess fraternity to choose wisely in replacing him so that at the end of the day chess wins.
“I go out a very proud man that we all worked towards making chess win,” said Msukwa, who is the Zone 4.3 president (more like SADC chess president) and he is in the Electoral Commision of world chess governing body, FIDE.
Up against Wasoka for the post of general secretary which currently held by Gershom Chima (who is vying for post of president) are Stanley Kafere and Isaac Mumba.
Chima is up against Mayeso Mphande and Susan Musa Namangale, who is gearing up to become the first woman to become the association’s president.
Aspirants for vice-presidency are Moses Mtumbuka and Stanley Mtuwa while Makhosi Nyirenda wants to retain his post of publicity secretary and he goes unopposed while Khama Chindole will contest for post of treasurer.
National coordinator for chess in schools Magret Ngugama is being challenged by Leonard M’bwana.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :