ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
INTERNATIONAL Masters (IM) Chitumbo Mwali and Daniel Jere have dropped to fourth and fifth positions respectively at the South Africa Open Chess Championship.
Mwali drew with Zimbabwean IM Rodwell Makoto while Jere had a stalemate with leader Grand Master (GM) Grover Sahaj from India.
The draws pushed the two to 6.5 points each but Mwali is ranked fourth because of a better tie breaker.
The duo was scheduled to play each other in round nine last evening.
Sahaj has maintained grip at the summit with seven points despite drawing with Jere and is followed by Oatlhotse Providence of Botswana and Makoto who are second and third respectively.
Providence and Makoto also have 6.5 points but are ranked higher because of better tie breakers.
The tournament has attracted 125 players from various countries but South Africa has the biggest representation of 107 players.