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Youngsters impress in S and S chess tourney

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The first edition of the S and S Geniuses Schools Chess tournament has left an indelible mark on the game as some players emerged champions with a perfect record during the finals at St Andrew’s International High School in Blantyre on Saturday.

In the senior category, Chisomo Sumani of James Chiona Secondary School won all games to emerge champion in the senior boys’ category.

Sumani collected six points to outclass 39 other competitors while his schoolmate, Quincy Mukhwapa, finished second.

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Tafadzwa Linje ended on third position. The last two collected 4.5 points apiece but were separated using the Buchholz tie breaking system.

In the senior ladies category, Tamara Mdala also amassed maximum points.

Tinashe Jumbe of Kalibu Academy finished second with 4.5 points while Faith Gondwe of Joyce Banda Foundation settled for bronze with four points.

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Zaithwa Mwale of Blantyre Baptist Academy claimed the honours in the junior men’s category while Daisy Huwa from Alipo Primary School emerged champion in the junior girls’ section.

Former national ladies champion, Susan Namangale, who is also the former Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairperson, jointly bankrolled the K300,000 competition with well-known chess personality Stanley Kenani.

“We will be back bigger and better next year. But before that, we will hold a similar event in the Northern Region in April this year. We need to invest in the youth to reap the rewards in future,” Namangale said.

SRCL Chairperson, Wasoka Chirwa, hailed Namangale and Kenani for supporting the tournament, which saw youngsters displaying fantastic moves on the board.

“The sponsors have also shown interest in continuing to support junior chess. We need this to develop as a nation. We saw some amazing skills which are beyond the abilities of most juniors,” Chirwa said.

The day-long tournament attracted a record 160 pupils, including 44 girls.

Each champion took home a chess set and trophy while others within the top-three bracket got chess sets and medals.

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