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Mixed fortunes for Malawians in Africa chess championship

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APPRECIATIVE—Msungama during the unveiling

Malawian chess players have endured mixed fortunes in the 2021 African Individual Chess Championship underway in Lilongwe.

As of Sunday, Fide Master Joseph Mwale was Malawi’s best performing player, having won all the games he has played.

The highly rated Malawian was on position 17 as of Sunday.

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While Mwale is doing well, some Malawian players—including Chiletso Chipanga, George Mwale, Fishani Mwagomba and Alfred Chimthere have found the going tough.

After four rounds of matches, Chipanga and Chimthere—won two out of four whereas Mwagomba won one out of four matches.

Egyptian grandmaster Adly Ahmed is currently leading.

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In the ladies category, the best performing Malawian is Priyasha Santosh Shriyan, who has won three out of four games she has played.

Shriyan was on position eight after the matches played on Friday. Woman candidate master Ellen Mpinganjira is also performing well, having won two out of four games.

Egyptian woman international master Ayah Moaataz is leading in the ladies category.

A total of 93 top chess players from 17 African countries are taking part in the tournament, which is also used as qualifiers for World Chess championship.

The 2021 African Individual Chess Championship started on May 17 and is expected to be concluded on May 28 in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi hosted the Egyptian grand masters to a dinner where Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama was the guest of honour.

During the event, Msungama applauded Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) for hosting the tournament despite the Covid pandemic.

Chessam President Susan Namangale was satisfied with the performance of Malawian players.

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