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Katowa takes surprise lead at national trials

MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
LITTLEK-NOWN Kennedy Katowa has taken a surprise lead at the national team chess selection trials at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
Katowa has recorded an impressive run registering three wins and two stalemates.
In rounds one and two, Katowa beat Justin Daka and Judah Simulundu, respectively, before settling for a stalemate in round three against Robson Kameya.
In round four, Katowa drew with Alick Nyirenda before returning to winning ways in round five against Arnold Siuluta.
By press time, Katowa had managed four points from five rounds, with International Master (IM) Andrew Kayonde trailing in second position with 3.5 points at par with third-placed IM Richmond Phiri.
In the women’s category, Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Constance Mbata is in the driving seat with 4.5 points while Woman Fide Master (WFM) Lorita Mwango is breathing down her neck with four points at par with unrated Maria Banda.
Mbata beat Naomi Mwale and Faith Chilambe in rounds one and two, respectively, before outwitting Mwango in round three.
Mbata drew with Linda Hamoonga in round four before seeing off fellow WCM Ketty Chibolya in round five.
The tournament, ending today, is being played on a round robin format.
The top-five players in the men’s and women’s categories will make up the national teams.

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