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South, Centre identify finalists

There was no respect for names as Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) two affiliates identified their flag carriers for the joint Presidential national finals and Baku qualifiers.

Notable casualties during the qualifiers included John Mkumba, Charles Nathaniel, Peter Jailosi, Lumbani Banda, Stan Kafere, Ronald Chimkute and Khama Chindole.

After six grueling rounds in the Southern Region Chess League (SRCL), Fide Master, Gerald Mphungu, reigned supreme with 5.5 points, fast- improving Precious Kamwendo was second with five points, while renowned chess hit-man, Alfred Chimthere, came third with four points.

Completing the region’s open section list were Frank Khonje , Stanley Biyasi and Richard Chiona ,who despite tying at four points, were separated by the Buchholz tie-breaking to be on positions four, five and six respectively.

Ellen Mpinganjira, Margret Ngugama, Tumpale Mhango, Miracle Mukiwa and Priscilla Mbewe qualified in the ladies’ category.

It was a similar case in the Central Region Chess League (CRCL) qualifiers as evergreen George Mwale amassed 5.5 points to finish on position one, followed by second-placed Hope Bazooka Mwazozo also with 5.5 points. The two were also separated by the tie-breaker.

Completing their ruthless battalion, tied at five points, are Stanford Chiwambo, Dan Maliro, Petros Razorblade Mfune, Davie Mawango and Hubert Nanthambwe on positions three, four, five, six and seven respectively.

Daisy Nkhoma, Linda Jambo, Jennifer Mwenebanda , Wezzie Mzia , Beatrice Longwe, and Taurai Kampeni qualified in the ladies’ category.

Chessam publicist, Makhosi Nyirenda, said the finals would take place in Lilongwe from May 14 to 16.

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