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Petros Mfune stuns Mwale in MyBucks tourney

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Candidate Master (CM) Petros ‘Razorblade’ Mfune clinched the second edition of MyBucks online chess tournament on Sunday.

Mfune dethroned inaugural champion Joseph Mwale [Fide Master] who is also Malawi highest rated player. Mwale ended on eighth position.

The champion said the tournament was ideal during this time when the world has been grounded following coronavirus pandemic.

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“It is good that we have an online tournament. I was hoping to do well so I patiently executed my moves,” said Mfune who is also a member of Area 25 Castles chess club in Lilongwe.

South Africa based Candidate Master Paul ‘Terminator’ Khuphwathea ended on second position while enterprising Amos Chigowo completed the podium of honours on third position.

Mfune netted 9.5 points and tasted no defeat in his 11 rounds sojourn, only drawing three games against Khuphwathea, Precious Kamwendo and Polytechnic student Francisco Mwangupili.

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Khuphwathea, Chigowo and Leonard M’bwana accumulated eight points each. However, they were separated using Buchholz-Tie- Break system effectively pegging M’bwana on fourth position. The open category had 11 rounds.

In the ladies category, Annie George emerged winner with six points whereas Tina Kumwenda ended on second position with 5.5 points. This was a case of roles reversed as Kumwenda won the first edition in April and George finished runner-up in that tourney.

Priyasha Shriyan, a student of Bishop Mackenzie International School, won bronze with four points. The ladies category had seven rounds.

In the youth category, Blessings Kamanga successfully scooped six points to defend the title.

He was closely followed by Chichiri secondary school student, Tupochele Mlanjira on 5.5 points. Praise Salima, who represented Malawi last year at Africa Schools tournament in Teyateyaneng, Lesotho, finished on third position with five points. This section also had seven rounds.

MyBucks Marketing Manager, Linda Simwaka pledged continued financial support towards Chess Association of Malawi activities.

Chessam Publicity Secretary Alfred Chimthere hailed MyBucks for bankrolling the tournament.

He said winners went away with various cash prizes courtesy of MyBucks’ K1 million sponsorship.

International Arbiter (IA) Gilton Mkumbwa said a total of 61 players participated in this online monthly tournament.

Chessam hatched MyBucks online tournament to keep player active during the global threat of coronavirus pandemic.—Additional reporting Chessam secretariat

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