Chess squad plays with Seedorf


By Mphatso Malidadi:

RELAXING—Seedorf (seated centre) and Mwale (squatting left)

Malawi national chess squad had a rare chance after rubbing shoulders with Cameroon national football team Dutch Coach, Clarence Seedorf, at the on-going World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, George, Europe, on Sunday.

The Indomitable Lions Coach was involved in a tournament dubbed Batumi Chess Olympiad Football InterContinental Cup where he played alongside Malawi chess team members, including Joseph Mwale.


Ironically, Seedorf will lead the Indomitable Lions in back-to-back games against the Flames in group B Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on October 12 and 16 in Yaoundé and Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Malawi’s highest rated chess player, Mwale, described playing with the former Netherlands international and AC Milan legend as awesome.

“We had a free day on Sunday where we were involved in a social tournament. It was an honour playing alongside Seedorf and Florent Malouda [former France international and Chelsea player] on Sunday. These are great names in football and we felt relaxed interacting with them,” he said.


According to, the Arkady Dvorkovich Team organised a big sport event on a free day of the Olympiad.

“The tournament saw football stars such as Dmitri Sychev, Dmitri Bulykin, Malouda, Seedorf, and Kakha Kaladze, grandmasters Evgenij Najer, Vladimir Potkin, Pavel Tregubov, Victor Bologan, Smbat Lputian, Emil Sutovsky, Fide Presidential candidate Arkady Dvorkovich and a member of his ticket Mahir Mammedov as well as former European basketball champion Sergei Bykov,” read part of the article.

Meanwhile, Mwale is looking for two more points to secure a Fide Master Norm.

“I just need two wins from the remaining three games to secure a new norm,” he said.

Malawi has one Fide Master in Gerald Mphungu whereas the country has a sizeable number of Candidate Masters including Mwale and Chiletso Chipanga

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