Zambians dazzle Malawians in chess tournament

Chess players from Zambia Sunday dominated over their Malawian counterparts by winning in all categories of the K1.1million International Mdina Chess Tournament held at Mphatso Motel in Mzuzu.

Chitumbo Mwali and Phyllis Mwilora hold their trophies.- Photo by Bernard Mhone, Mana

The tournament held from August 24-27 attracted contestants from Zambia and Malawi.

In the open section, which comprised 24 male contestants, a Zambian professional Chitumbo Mwali finished on eight and a half points after winning eight games and a tie.

He was awarded K300 thousands and a gold medal as a copper belt eagle.

In the ladies’ category, eight contested and Phyllis Mwilora had a tie with Malawi’s Vitumbiko Gondwe with six and a half points each.

They had three playoff games and Mwilora won two to be the Woman Candidate Master (WCM).

She was supposed to be awarded K100, 000 but because of a tie, she received K80, 000 likewise Gondwe who was supposed to receive K60 000.

According to Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) they use Hort System when players have a tie in sharing awards.

Chitumbo applauded Mdina Business Solutions for sponsoring the tournament and has urged Malawians to participate in many international chess tournaments for them to improve.

Organizer and arbiter for the tournament Isaac Mumba thanked Mdina for the international sponsorship.

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