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Gerald Mphungu calls for early training

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Malawi’s highest titled men’s player, Gerald Mphungu, has called for early preparations ahead of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad set for Batumi, in Georgia, Europe.

“We need Chessam [Chess Association of Malawi] to organise camp [training] so that we can be assessing our moves using different methods such as software,” Mphungu said.

The star player, who has a Fide-Master norm which is two steps away from Grandmaster, is among eight players that will represent Malawi at the event to run from September 23 to October 7.

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Malawi’s squad includes Chiletso Chipanga, Joseph Mwale, George Mwale, Linda Jambo, Daisy Nkhoma, Tupokiwe Msukwa and Magret Ngugama.

Richard Chiona and Ellen Mpinganjira are on standby.

Mphungu said he would use the Batumi event to grab an International Master norm, but admitted that he needs to step up training.

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“Honestly, I haven’t been practising as expected. Now, I will change my approach because days are passing by. If I am to do well, I need to work hard. With a good performance, I can earn an International Master title,” he said.

Mphungu, alongside Woman Fide-Master Jambo, have the highest titles in Malawi whereas Joseph Mwale, Alfred Chimthere, Paul Khuphwathea, Joseph Nyambalo, Richard Mbedza, Petros Mfune, Chipanga, Joseph Chalemba (inactive) and Malama Mwanza (inactive) have Candidate Master norms.

To qualify as a grandmaster, you must first earn a Candidate Master norm before moving to Fide-master.

Thereafter, you qualify for International Master then grandmaster.

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