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Southern Region Chess League has identified a squad to represent the region at the national finals set for next weekend.

The region organised a qualifying tournament at Central High School in Blantyre on Saturday where 18 youngsters from several age brackets were selected.

In the Under-8 boys’ category, Zonse Chibisa of Saint Andrews Primary and Zane Sheriff from Southend Primary were identified.

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Yewo Sanga of Saint Columbas and Blantyre Baptist’s Zaitwa Mwale also qualified into the Under-10 boys’ section.

Khwima Gondwe of Chichiri Primary and Emmanuel Phiri of Saint Columbas also made it into the Under-12 boys section.

Other boys that qualified included Tafadzwa Linje, Happiness Masuku (Under-14), William Sekani and Alaric Katuma (Under-18).

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In the girls’ section: Daisy Huwa (Alipo Private), Nagawa Gwala (JBF)-Under-10, Mirabelle Chafumuka (Royal Heritage), Michelle Chimbe (Southend Primary) Under-12 and Esther Mazalo (JBF) Under-14.

The region’s Chess- In-Schools’ Coordinator, Margaret Ngugama, said they were excited with the selected players.

“The participation was affected by a number of factors, including examinations. However, all age-groups had an excellent turn up. The standard of play was also exciting,” he said.

Ngugama said they would train the team ahead of the national finals set for Lilongwe.

“It was a busy day at Central High. Southern Region has undoubtedly built up a strongest chess base through the youths. Statistics reveal that from the 14 prizes awarded at the Presidential Initiative for Sports in the juniors’ category, eight were from the South. This is very impressive and we want to maintain the dominance,” she said.

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