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Linje Tafadzwa, Faith win kids chess

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Promising Tafadzwa Linje of Snow-White Primary School calculated his moves cautiously to win the Kids Chess tournament at Jungle Pepper, Chichiri Shopping Mall on Saturday.

The K100, 000 worth sponsorship attracted about 25 kids from around Blantyre and it was sponsored by former ladies national champion Susan Namangale and Joseph Chafumuka family.

With national junior chess star, Khwima Gondwe not around to oppose him Linje went pouncing on his opponents including Rafik Namangale, David Mkomba, Mzati Linje, Happiness Msuku before falling to Chiyembekezo Chilembwe.

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Har d work ing David Mkomba finished on position two with 3.5 points, while Rafik finished on third position also with 3.5 points. The two were separated by the Buchholz tie breaking system.

Debutant Chiyembekezo Chilembwe finished on position four with three points while another debutant Hope Gondwe was on position five also with three points, and the Buchholz system had to apply.

In category B, it was Faith Gondwe, who ruled supreme with 3.5 points.

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She was followed fellow little genius Daisy Huwa also with 3.5 points. The two were also separated by the Buchholz system.

Mirabelle Chafumuka was third also with three points while Troy Namaona was fourth.

To motivate them to work hard in school, the pupils were given novels, note books, student companions, and instruments as prizes.

One of the co-sponsors Joseph Chafumuka said he was impressed with the way the tournament was handled and was glad to be part of the game of intellectuals.

Regional coordinator for chess in schools, Margret Ngugama, thanked the Namangale and Chafumuka families for the sponsorship. She urged individuals and companies to join the bandwagon.

She said the league was happy that parents are sending their children for chess sessions at Jungle Pepper, Chichiri Shopping Mall.

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