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Joseph Mwale, Ellen Mpinganjira to compete at Zone 4.3 Games

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By mphatso malidadi:

Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has selected Joseph Mwale and Ellen Mpinganjira to represent the country at this year’s Zone 4.3 Games in Madagascar.

Chessam Publicity Secretary, Alfred Chimthere, said Mwale has been selected because he is the highest rated and titled player in the country whereas Mpinganjira was taken on board after the first two options excused themselves.

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“Ellen [Mpinganjira] is the third best after Woman Fide Master Linda Jambo and second-placed Daisy Nkhoma. The first two excused themselves due to work commitment,” he said.

Chimthere also said Chessam opted to send Mwale and Mpinganjira only because of lack of funds.

The body is expected to spend over K1.5 million on the two.

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“We are allowed to send up to three players for each category [men’s and ladies sections].”

Meanwhile, Chessam has dubbed the just ended Easter regional tournaments as successful.

In a scintillating finale to the Easter chess tourneys countrywide, Candidate Masters Chiletso Chipanga and Chimthere emerged victorious in the Southern and Central regions respectively.

Fide Master Gerald Mphungu was second to Fiskani Mwagomba in the North. Woman Candidate Master Mpinganjira triumphed in the ladies category in the South.

Seven rounds were played on Saturday and Sunday using the Swiss pairing system and a time control of 90 minutes per player per game.

Chipanga and Mwagomba both finished with 6.5 points whereas Chimthere attained a perfect score.

Candidate Master Joseph Nyambalo was runner-up to Chipanga, followed by the ever-improving Precious Kamwendo who came third. They banged 5.5 and 5 points apiece at Country Club Limbe in Blantyre.

At Ilala Crest Lodge in Mzuzu, Mwagomba claimed gold at the expense of Fide Master Mphungu who got 6 points. Unheralded Frank Mawiliga stunned the stable by grabbing bronze with 4.5 points.

The bragging rights in the ladies and juniors categories across the country were reserved for Royce Msiska, Rafik Namangale and Daniel Kondowe.

The individual chess tournaments were staged in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu after Chessam sourced K900.000 to traditionally keep chess players active during the Easter holiday.

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