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Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) President, Kezzie Msukwa, has been awarded the International Arbiter by the world chess governing body, Fide.

Arbiters are responsible for ensuring that chess players adhere to rules and regulations, apart from assigning pairings for clubs and dealing with no-shows by re-assigning games.

Chessam publicist, Makhosi Nyirenda, confirmed that Msukwa qualified for the award following the approval of Fide’s Presidential Board.

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“This happened after he accumulated the required number of norms to achieve such a status. We are delighted with the development,” he said.

Nyirenda said Malawi chess stands to benefit by having qualified arbiters such as Msukwa.

“This shall mean Malawi having high levels of chess officiation,” he said.

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Msukwa joins former Chessam publicity secretary, Gilton Mkumbwa, who achieved the international status in 2013.

In a brief message, Msukwa said he was humbled by the award.

“It pleased the Presidential Board to award me Fide arbiter title,” Msukwa said.

Apart from Msukwa and Mkumbwa, Paul Nyirenda is also a qualified Fide Arbiter.

The country has national arbiters such as Peter Jailosi, Magret Ngugama, Makhosi Nyirenda, Leonard Mbwana, Isaac Mumba, Kennedy Gondwe and Martin Mhango.

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