Bwalya in driving seat at Zambia Open

INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Gillian Bwalya has shot to the summit at the ongoing Zambia Open Chess Championship in Lusaka after being awarded a free point in round three.
Bwalya was scheduled to play fellow IM Daniel Jere but the latter failed to pitch up.
Chess Federation of Zambia president Erico Nshikokola said Jere lost by default because he did not show up for the game.
“Jere came in the afternoon but time for the game had already passed. So Bwalya, who was here by 10: 00 hours was awarded a point,” Nshikokola said.
IM Richmond Phiri is in joint second position with Geoffrey Lwanja on two and half points.
IM Chitumbo Mwali drew with Kelvin Chumfwa to settle for the third position which he shared with Jurgensen Graham of South Africa.
Graham beat Peter Mulenga.
IM Stanley Chumfwa defeated Douglas Munenga while Justin Daka beat Robson Kameya to move to two points and join Stanley, Mwali and Jere in third position.
Nshikokola said the tournament is competitive going by the performance the local players have put up.
“We are just appealing to the business houses to come on board and help us. Chess is a very interesting game. If we can have sponsors we can go a long way,” he said.
He thanked Garry Kasparov Foundation for sponsoring the tournament.

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