Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) Executive Committee member, Susan Namangale, has said chess is dormant in the Northern Region.
Namangale said the sport was particularly inactive at the grassroots in the region when compared to the Southern and Central regions.
To reverse the trend in the Northern Region, Namangale has promised that the association will launch tournaments in secondary schools and clubs.
Namangale, who is also aspiring for the position of Chessam president, has pumped K300,000 into a chess tournament for Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu.
“The sport is inactive at the grassroots level but we, as an association, will launch tournaments in secondary schools,” Namangale said.
She said that the association wants to set up strong chess structures in every district so as to unearth talent.
“We have good players in the districts but only a few of them participate in tournaments because we don’t have strong structures in our districts. We will make sure that all regions have chess sponsorship,” Namangale said.
Chess Committee Vice-Chairperson for the Northern Region, Wakisa Mweghama, applauded the association’s plans to uplift the sport in the region.
“The tournament that we had at Katoto Secondary School for the qualifiers of Presidential Initiative for Sports on May 26 proved that we have talent in schools. It shows that many people like chess. Patronage was good,” Mweghama said.
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