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‘Love chess, money will follow’

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Former Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) publicity secretary, Gilton Mkumbwa, has urged youngsters to embrace the sport to become grandmasters.

Mkumbwa, who was the first Malawian certified Fide-Arbiter, said this after sponsoring the inaugural Finesse Chess tournament at St Andrews High School which wound up on Saturday.

“I consider you as potential grandmasters, all you need to do is to practise very hard, dedicate your life to chess and participate in the Finesse tournament and the rest will follow.

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“My strategic objective is to hone your skills before you start thinking about money. This is why I am not giving out cash but equipment to support your training,” he said.

Mkumbwa also thanked Mdina Business Solutions owner, Tiwone Mdina, for giving him management, technical, materials support and guidance during the preparation of the tournament.

“His unconditional support and love for chess cannot go unnoticed,” he said.

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In girls section, Army Secondary emerged the champions while Jacaranda finished second with eight points. Michiru View came third with six points while Our Lady of Wisdom were fourth with four points.

In boys category, Army Secondary collected eight points to finish first and they were followed by Domasi Demonstration on second position also on eight points.

Third-placed St Patrick’s Secondary collected seven points, one ahead of the fourth-placed MichiruView.

In primary schools individual event, Chiyembekezo Chilembwe of Blantyre Baptist emerged champion with five points while favourite Khwima Gondwe was second with the same number of points. Rafik Namangale finished on third position.

In girls section, Faith Gondwe was the winner with Magawa Gwala finishing second while Zaitwa Chibisa came third.

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