Chumfwa bags Zambia Open title

Daniel Jere and Stanley Chumfwa play on.

INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Stanley Chumfwa yesterday summoned his intelligence to scoop the Zambia Open Chess Championship in Lusaka.
Chumfwa finished with seven points from nine rounds.
He beat IM Chitumbo Mwali in the last round to be crowned winner of the four-day tournament held at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA).
Chumfwa started the tournament on a rather unimpressive note recording a single win in the opening five games and drew the rest.
He, however, grew in confidence as the tournament progressed and won the last four matches but the most notable victory was over IM Mwali in the last round.
IM Daniel Jere, who took an overnight lead on Saturday, dropped into second position after amassing 6.5 points, level with Geoffrey Luanja, but the later finished third because of a weaker tie-breaker.
IM Gillian Bwalya, who surrendered leadership to Jere on Saturday, failed to reclaim the top slot despite beating IM Kelvin Chumfwa in the last round to slip to fourth with six points.
Bwalya was tied with Kelvin Chumfwa on six points but a better tie-breaker secured him a fourth position while the latter finished fifth ahead of sixth placed Justin Daka, who managed five points.
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Erico Nshikokola described the tournament as a success.
Nshikokola is happy that the tournament attracted all the top-notch players except IM Andrew Kayonde.
National champion Kayonde missed the event due to other commitments.
He thanked Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa chief executive officer Candidate Master (CM) Graham Jurgensen for sponsoring the tournament.
Jurgensen said the tournament is among the best in Africa, describing the Masters section as the strongest on the continent.
He said Zambia has good talent and urged the federation to nurture the upcoming players.

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