Malawi’s highest-rated chess player, Chiletso Chipanga, made a promising start to the World Amateurs Championship in Italy on Sunday after beating Saidi Dijal Ali of of Oman.
Chipanga, who is rated 24th at the competition, is remaining with eight rounds at the event which has attracted 49 players.
Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) Publicity Secretary, Makhosi Nyirenda, said Chipanga needs to maintain the wins in the next rounds.
“Of course, Ali is not a strong opponent because he is rated 1928, which is lower than our star who is rated 2126. However, you cannot underrate an opponent at a competition because for them to qualify, it means that they also performed better,” Nyirenda said.
Chipanga, who was expected to meet Fide master Zhunussov Bibek of Kazakhstan Monday, qualified for the competition after he won a gold medal at the Africa Amateurs Chess Championship in Zambia last month.
Chessam Executive Committee member, Susan Namangale, sponsored Chipanga’s trip to Italy where $10,000 is at stake for the champion.
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