LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Open chess tournament featuring four Zambian international players has concluded over the weekend at Lingadzi Inn, in Lilongwe and the winners have been awarded various prizes.

There were four sections attracting 62 participants that were played during the three-day event namely; the Open, Ladies, Youth and Veterans category.


In the Open Section, Candidate Master George Mwale won with 7 points out of 9 games, while the Zambians Geoffrey Lwanja and William Mwape came second and third on 7 and 6.5 points respectively. Luanja tied with Mwale on overall points but trailed on Buchholz tie-break system.

The champion Mwale has received MK300.000 cash, a trophy and gold medal. The runner-up Lwanja has been rewarded with MK200.000 cash and silver medal, while the number 3 Mwape got MK100.000 and a bronze medal.

The players who have finished on fourth and fifth positions in the tournament, namely Precious Kamwendo and Fide Master Joseph Mwale have pocketed MK75.000 and MK50.000, respectively.

In the Ladies section, it has been won by Desiderata Nkhoma who scoped 5.5 points out of 7 games, followed by Aaliya Patel and Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) President, Susan Namangale on 5 points apiece. Patel and Namangale were separated also by the Buchholz.

The Ladies champion Nkhoma has received MK120.000 cash, a trophy and gold medal, while Patel and Namangale pocketed MK100.000 and MK75,000 respectively. They also got a silver and bronze medal each for their feat.
The fourth placed Woman Candidate Master Ellen Mpinganjira on 4 points pocketed MK50.000 while fifth placed Tupokiwe Msukwa on 3.5 points again received MK50.000.

In the Youth section, Gracious Maseya prevailed with 8.5 points out of 9 games played. He went away with 100.000 cash, a trophy and gold medal.

The runner-up Alain Namangale on 8 points received a Chess clock and a silver medal. The bronze medalist Titus Saka who is a student of Chipasula Secondary School, scooped 6.5 points and went home with an equivalent of MK20.000 one month Internet bundle.

An upcoming Youth player, Moses Katande finished fourth on 5.5 points while Yamikani Misheck on 5 points was fifth. They went away with a chessboard each.

In the Veterans section, Area 25 based Steve Khota dominated with 5 points from the 5 games played , thereby hitting a 100% record.

He earned a two months premium bouquet subscription of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV), a trophy and gold medal.

The former Chessam President, Honourable Kezzie Msukwa was on second position with 3 points and earned a one month DSTV subscription, plus a silver medal.

Another veteran Joseph Chalemba completed the podium finish, earning MK30.000 worth of electricity units and a bronze medal.

The youngest players at the tournament were 6 year-olds Alipo Namangale (boy) and Kezziah Chipofya (girl). They were awarded with medals and toy prizes for their motivation.

Meanwhile, the four Zambian players who participated in the tournament have saluted Chessam for broadcasting the games live on the internet.

The guest of honour at the presentation ceremony was the Director in the Ministry of Sports, Mr James Ndalama who lauded Chessam for promoting the game especially at grassroot level.

The Malawi Open chess tournament was funded by a grant of USD 2000 by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

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