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Mixed fortunes for Malawi chess team

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Malawi chess team has registered mixed fortunes at the on-going 44th World Olympiad in Chennai, India.

The men’s team (open section) defeated Burundi 4-0 in the round four whereas the ladies lost by a similar margin to Guatemala on Monday.

Since the competition started on July 29, the Malawi men’s team faced rough times having lost to Georgia, defeated Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 4-0 and lost to Scotland 3-1.

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As of Tuesday in the open section, men’s team had four points out of four rounds.

The men’s team in open section comprises Fide Master Joseph Mwale, Stanford Chibambo, Candidate Master Joseph Nyambalo and Candidate Master Alfred Chinthere whereas Ernest Matola is the reserve player.

The ladies team had three points after four rounds as of yesterday having lost to Argentina and South Africa but defeated Bahamas 2.5 points.

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Ladies team comprises Ellen Mpinganjira, Linda Jambo, Tupokiwe Msukwa and Martha Kapalamula.

There is good news for Msukwa as she is urging close to earning Woman Fide Master title.

The games started on July 29 and are expected to be concluded on Monday next week.

All the teams will play 11 rounds during the competition.

Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) President Susan Namangale was impressed with the performance of the team.

“The morale is high among the players. We are all happy that they are playing well,” Namangale said.

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) vice chairperson, Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa (retired) joined the Malawi delegation in India on Sunday.

He met World Chess President Arkady Dvorkovich, the 5 time world champion Grandmaster Vishy Anand and the India Chess federation President Sanjay.

Kafuwa also interacted with Malawi players.

Meanwhile, Namangale will contest for the position of Zone 4.5 presidency against candidates from South Africa and Lesotho. The zone has 10 countries.

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