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Busy weekend for chess

It will be a busy weekend for chess regional leagues as they choose their representatives for next month’s joint Baku Olympiad qualifiers and Presidential finals.

Kamuzu Institute for Sports hosts the Central Region Chess League qualifiers with the likes of Petros Mfune, Alfred Chimthere, Davie Mawango, Fidelis Jimu, Lumbani Banda and Hope Bazooka Mwazozo eyeing six slots for the open category.

Promising Daisy Nkhoma and Fide Master, Linda Jambo, are also expected to shake the ladies’ category.

Southern Region Chess League stages its qualifiers at Steers Debonaires Gardens in Blantyre, where a fierce battle is also expected among seasoned players such as Peter Jailosi, Wasoka Chirwa, Frank Khonje, John Mkumba, Stanly Biyasi, Cosmol Ngongondo, Innocent Ngulube, Solomon Manda and Kajani Kaunda.

In the ladies’ category, Margaret Ngugama, Ellen Mpinganjira and Ndawonga Mwale should dictate things in the ladies’ category.

Northern Region Chess League identified its flag carriers last weekend when Seko Seko, Overton Kanyinji, Fiskani Mwagomba, Rumbani Mkamanga, Kezzie Msukwa and youthful Paul Ngwira qualified.

Chessam Publicist, Makhosi Nyirenda, advised the players to take the qualifiers seriously as “Baku, the birth place of Garry Kasparov, is at stake here. Calculate your opponents’ moves carefully before making yours.”

The 2016 Olympiad takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan in September. Malawi will send a team of men and ladies.

The Olympiad takes place every two years. Malawi made its presence felt at the 2014 Norway Olympiad after Gerald Mphungu brought home a Fide Master title.

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