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Chess duo stumbles

Malawi’s chess players, Richard Chiona and Daisy Nkhoma, finished on positions 28 and 17 in the open and ladies’ categories, respectively, at the Africa Individual Chess Championship held in Livingstone, Zambia, on Sunday.

The open section had 30 participants while 20 players competed in the ladies’ section.

Chiona won three games, including against Angolan international master, Pedro Aderito, and lost six games.

Nkhoma won three matches, drew once and lost five times. Nkhoma, among other players, beat Mdina Malawi open ladies’ champion, Phylis Mwilola, of Zambia.

After the games, Nkhoma said, despite the loss, the competition was a good platform for Batumi World Chess Olympiad rehearsals.

“Nothing went wrong; it was a good competition and it was too competitive. Experience has been gained by playing against great chess players from Africa,” Nkhoma said.

Egyptian Grandmaster Amin Baseem won the open section while another Egyptian, Wafa Sahenda, claimed the ladies’ section.

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