Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has challenged regional affiliates to be vibrant to develop the game from grassroots level.
Chessam Publicity Secretary Alfred Chimthere said this after both Northern and Central Region Chess Leagues elected new office bearers.
Chimthere said they will orient both associations to ensure that they are working in line with Chessam ideals.
“We will arrange an orientation with the committees that information has already been communicated to them. They are the backbone to Chessam activities. Vibrant leagues propel Chessam and the game in general,” he said.
The Chessam publicist said regional affiliates will help the national chess governing body to concentrate on the developmental programmes.
“It is crucial for schools tournaments especially, the grassroots chess are a feeder to the national team,” he said.
On Sunday, NRCL went to the polls at Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu and Francis Kudzula was elected chairperson with Vincent Luhanga as the vice. Francisco Mwangupili is the General Secretary whereas Darwin Laura is the Treasurer. Tina Kumwenda was elected Publicity Secretary while Knowledge Mtambo was elected School’s coordinator. Wilson Chingati, Kondwani Phimba and Willard Msendema were elected committee members.
CRCL ushered its new executive committee on October 4 at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.
Mark Ndipita was elected chairperson with Tapiwa Banda as the vice. Kondwani Magombo was elected General Secretary whereas Leonard M’bwana was elected Treasurer. Dave Mawango is the Publicity Secretary while Petros Mfune was elected Schools Coordinator.
Laston Kaledzera, George Mwale, Chikondi Manett and Vincent Saka were elected committee.
The elected officials mandate runs for two years.
Chimthere said at both elective meetings, Covid-19 preventive measures were followed.