Central Region Chess League stages tripartite chess


Central Region Chess League (CRCL) engaged the country’s educational institutions at all levels through the staging of a tripartite chess tournament at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Lilongwe on Saturday.

The tournament— competed for in junior, secondary and tertiary school categories—was bankrolled by Sempha Investments to the tune of K1 million.

The annual event aims at developing grassroots .


In the juniors’ section, played on individual format, Rahil Pabri, a 14 year-old student at African Bible College Academy, outclassed 20 competitors from various schools within the Capital.

Pabri accumulated 4.5 points after 5 rounds, while Clara Mtumbuka of Lilongwe Demonstration Primary School and Aditya Chokalingam of Bishop Mackenzie International School, were runners-up and third, respectively, after clinching four points apiece.

In the secondary schools section played on a team format, St John’s Catholic Secondary School scooped the gold medal after dispatching Kamuzu Barracks Secondary School and Mbidzi Community Day Secondary School, who grabbed silver and bronze medals, respectively.


Winners St John’s had Tumpale Chawinga, Benjamin Kamanga, Frank Kanyemba, Yankho Nyambo and Dalitso Nyali in their team.

In the tertiary schools section, also played on a team format, hosts KCN emerged winners.

Spotting their captain Thomas Msampha on board one, the rest of KCN’s team members— comprising Chilungamo Sabuni, Rashid Mang’anda, John Mlekano and a female player, Ulunji Munyonga—were unstoppable.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources came second.

Speaking during the ceremony, Sempha Investments Managing Director, Charles Zimba, expressed satisfaction with the level of competition and the talent on display at the tournament.

On his part, CRCL General Secretary, Eddie Kulesi, thanked the sponsor for the financial support and parents for bringing their children to the event.

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