Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) is determined to register over 100 players to compete in the second edition of the MyBucks online chess tournament slated for Sunday.
“We are targeting 100 players since we had 83 players on first edition. So far, the response is quite encouraging as players are registering,” Chessam publicity secretary, Alfred Chimthere said.
Chimthere said an online tournament was ideal as sporting activities, including chess, remain suspended due to coronavirus pandemic.
“Players are active during this Covid-19 period because it is giving them an opportunity to keep in shape, like we saw FM Joseph Mwale, after winning the MyBucks first edition went on to win a continental online tourney which had strong players in Africa,” he said.
However, Chimthere said holding an online tournament was challenging because of internet access and connection.
“Some players may not have access to good internet connection and their gadgets may give them problems, but overall we have good numbers participating,” he said.
Chimthere said deadline for registration is Sunday noon.
“The tourney will be played using Swiss format and a time control of five minutes per player per game. Late registration shall not be entertained,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chessam is encouraging players to renew their membership status for this year before Monday.
“Chessam has not been strict on membership for the past six months as one way of cushioning the players on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. As a reminder, the annual membership fee is set at K3,000 for conventional players, K2,000 for tertiary students, K1,000 for secondary students and K500 for primary students,” the Chessam PS said.