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Joseph Mwale eyes regional title

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Malawi’s highest-rated chess player, Joseph Mwale, is eyeing success at the Zone 4.3 Championship which starts today in Maputo, Mozambique.

Mwale has said he is fully prepared to shine for Malawi at the event, which brings together players from Southern Africa.

Despite having a higher rating, the South Africa-based player is yet to match the likes of Gerald Mphungu and Linda Jambo, who are players with highest titles in Malawi, having earned Fide Master status.

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Mwale has a Candidate Master title.

Speaking before leaving his South Africa base for the tournament on Saturday, Mwale said his ultimate mission is to win the trophy to improve his rating and become an International Master, which is just one norm to the Grandmaster.

“My target is to win and become an International Master. If it does not happen that way, then I should finish the tournament with at least six points which will grant me Fide Master title,” he said.

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Mwale said the championship is crucial as it brings together top players from various countries.

He also hailed Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) officials for using their personal resources to pay for his entry fee to compete in the championship.

“There are people like Mr Gershom Chima who have supported me with transport and an upkeep allowance for the tournament. This will motivate me to work hard so that I can-pay all those who supported me,” Mwale said.

Chessam Publicity Secretary, Makhosi Nyirenda, wished Mwale well as he prepares to weave checkmates on the chess board.

International Master, Pedro Aderito of Angola, is the championship’s highest-rated player.

Last year, Malawi was represented by Linda Jambo in the ladies, section during similar a championship in Livingstone, Zambia.

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