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League for more schools’ chess

Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) wants to hold quarterly tournaments for schools to help learners to sharpen their skills.

The league’s Chairperson, Wasoka Chirwa, said this after staging a day-long tournament that attracted 160 players at St Andrews High in Blantyre on Saturday, courtesy of sponsorship from Susan Namangale and Stanley Kenani.

Chirwa said they were talking to other stakeholders to ensure that the league hosts a developmental tournament in every school term to keep track of youngsters’ performance.

“If we hold tournaments regularly, we will be able to analyse progress of players. Similarly, we hope that junior players will also have time to assess their performance,” he said.

Chirwa said the league would continue holding weekly training sessions in different zones, including Jungle Pepper in Blantyre.

Promising player, Yebo Sanga, said competitions help them to improve their performance.

“When we play competitive games, we learn how to handle time and tackle difficult situations during a game,” he said.

The country’s celebrated chess player, Gerald Mphungu, who has a Fide Master norm, said the country can produce a grandmaster from the current structure.

“Once youngsters master techniques and moves, they will become better when they grow up. So, administrators should maintain the structures that have been put in place to develop chess,” he said.

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