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Joseph Mwale claims Lesotho Open

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South Africa-based Malawian chess star, Joseph Mwale, underlined his class when he won Lesotho Open Championship over the weekend.

The Candidate Master collected 5.5 points out of expected six points to win the championship, which Kasparov Chess Foundation sponsored.

Zimbabwean Spencer Masango was the only player who plucked a draw against the Malawian attacking wizard.

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Former Malawi national team player, Richard Mbedza, finished on position 15 at the Lesotho Open.

Mwale said he was delighted with his performance, as he competed against top players from seven countries, including Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique.

“I won five games and drew once to emerge the winner. It was a tough competition but I was composed throughout, even when the setting did not look okay on the chess-board,” he said.

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Mwale, 24, received R5,000 (about K305, 000) and a trophy for winning the championship.

Mwale is well-known for becoming the youngest player to win Malawi 2007 championship while aged seven.

Mwale is also a five-time Malawi chess champion and has won many high profile tournaments at his new base, Durban.

Chess Association of Malawi Publicity Secretary, Makhosi Nyirenda, hailed Mwale for winning the Lesotho Open.

“It is not easy to win at that level, which requires a lot of discipline. We are proud of his achievements,” he said.

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