Fide Master, Gerald Mphungu, has said he was surprised that he won the second edition of Ifumbo Day of Checkmates at College of Medicine in Blantyre on Saturday.
Mphungu said he neither prepared nor rested after arriving at dawn from his Mzuzu base ahead of the competition.
“I am happy with my performance. I did not expect to win but I surprised my colleagues with a brilliant performance,” he said.
Armed with deadly tactical blows, Mphungu easily moved to the top after checkmating five times and drawing twice to collect six points and pocket K50,000.
Mphungu dethroned Precious Kamwendo who finished as the runner-up with 5.5 points. He got K25,000.
Joseph Nyambalo claimed third position with five points and he received K15,000.
National team player, Ellen Mpinganjira, won the best ladies’ player award while Tupokiwe Msukwa finished as the runner-up.
Journalist Solomon Manda of The Nation newspaper squandered a lead and it cost him a valuable point that could have pushed him to a podium finish.
Southern Region Chess League Chairperson, Wasoka Chirwa, said they want to be holding the competition monthly instead of quarterly.
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