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Kezzie Msukwa wins continental polls

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Former Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) president Kezzie Msukwa has been elected Africa Chess Confederation (ACC) General Secretary during polls held in Batumi, Georgia, on Wednesday.

Msukwa was in a camp headed by Zambian Lewis Ncube who retained his seat after narrowly flooring Essoh Essis of the Ivory Coast 23-21.

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Chessam Publicity Secretary, Alfred Chimthere, said Msukwa had an advantage in the contest because of Ncube’s influence.

“It was a closely contested election. The format of the election follows a procedure where the presidential candidate appearing on the ballot paper gets ushered in together with members of his camp,” Chimthere said.

The elections were held a few hours after world chess governing body Fide’s polls saw Arkady Dvokorvic being elected president.

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According to africachessmedia.com, Africa’s contest was initially a three-horse race with Ncube, Tshepo Sitale of Botswana and Ivory Coast’s Essis gunning for the presidency.

Tshepo stepped down later and gave his support to Essis.

“However, that endorsement was not enough to prevent Mr Ncube from winning the presidency. What an interesting turn of events in both the Fide and ACC elections where there were a lot of developments right up to the last hour of developments!

“The elections in the Africa Chess Confederation now had two presidential candidates who both supported the new Fide President Arkady Dvokorvic but Ncube would be the one to prevail and retain his position as president of ACC,” reads the article in part.

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