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Malawi chess star off to Zambia

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National ladies chess champion, Linda Jambo, left the country on Wednesday for the Zone 4.3 Chess Championship due to start tomorrow in Livingstone, Zambia.

Jambo said the competition gives her the opportunity to work towards attaining the women’s International Masters title.

She thanked well-wishers for supporting her to travel to Zambia and also urged fellow ladies to take up the game.

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“Chess is not only for men, it is also for ladies. At world level, a lot of women have shown that they can be at par with men,” she said.

As a chess player, Linda is heavily decorated. She is a woman Fide Master, a title two steps away from the woman grandmaster.

Jambo said she has travelled to places within and outside Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Russia and Azerbaijain because of chess.

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“Nowadays, we have events like Mdina ladies championship, Muleso Mphande ladies and presidential competitions which are doing a lot to give female chess players the necessary exposure,” she said.

Jambo, a graduate from Mzuzu University, said chess has helped her to be where she is now.

She is currently employed by National Bank of Malawi.

Chess Association of Malawi Publicity Secretary, Makhosi Nyirenda, described Jambo as a formidable and disciplined chess player who is capable of putting the country on the world map.

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