On Sunday chess genius Petros ‘Razorblade’ Mfune returned to Lilongwe with blood in his hands, as he cut eight of his nine opponents to emerge Mdina chess champion at Victoria Hotel, in Blantyre.
Mfune, who is also the Paul-Mike defending champion, managed eight straight wins and a draw to achieve a breathtaking 8.5 points out of nine. He walked away with K250,000 and a glittering trophy.
However, Mfune had an unconvincing start to the games as he nearly drew his first game with Lilongwe based Hope ‘Bazooka’ Mwazozo. But when the game was heading for a draw, the Razorblade transposed the game into a labyrinth that Mwazozo could only solve with the aid of a computer engine.
Later in the decisive game against the tournament’s favourites, Alfred Chimthere, Mfune refuted Alfred Chimthere’s early attack to knock down the great finisher in as early as 28 moves.
“I thank Mdina Business Solutions together with Wezi Chipeta for supporting chess. It was tough but I thank my wife, family and others who supported me,” he said.
Zomba chess King, Chiletso Chipanga, finished on second position with 6.5 points while Chimthere finished third with the same number of points and the two were separated by the Buchholz system tie breaking system.
Consistent George Mwale finished on fourth position with 5.5 points while Fide Master Gerald Mphungu finished fifth also with 5.5 points. The two were also separated by the Buchholz system tie breaking system.
Missing out from the honour’s list was the defending champion Peter Jailosi, who could not stand the heat of the tournament, finishing on a disappointing position 13.
In the ladies category, Woman Fide Master Linda Jambo and Blantyre based chess instructor, Magret Ngugama were in top form and they tied at 6.5 points each. The arbiter had to use play off matches to separate them as the champion system was found wanting. But in the end it was Mgugama who became Mdina ladies champion.
Linda Jambo finished second while Lucy Chazemba was third with five points.
Chancellor College student, Daisy Nkhoma, finished on fourth position with four points.
Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) publicist Makhosi Nyirenda described the event as a great chess fiesta.
Southern Region Chess League chairperson, Terrence Namaona’ thanked Mdina Business Solutions for coming up with the ground breaking sponsorship while on the other hand Mdina Business Solutions representative, Jeka Chipofya, applauded SRCL for the good run of the event.
This was the sixth edition of the championship and no player has managed to defend the accolade.
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