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Phiri, Mwango maintain grip at national trials


INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Richmond Phiri has maintained the lead at the national trials in Mansa after six rounds.
And Woman Fide Master (WFM) Lorita Mwango has managed 5.5 points to lead the women’s category.
Phiri beat Timothy Kabwe in round four and went on to record two draws with Fide Master Andrew Kayonde and IM Jere in round five and six respectively.
Phiri has 4.5 points at par with IM Chitumbo Mwali, Kayonde has four points and Jere has managed 3.5 points.
Meanwhile, Mwango beat Mercy Kalombe in round six to maintain grip.
Candidate Master (CM) Linda Haamonga is in second position with 4.5 points after beating third-placed Kabamba Bwalya-Mulwale.
Bwalya-Mulwale also has 4.5 points but with a weaker tie breaker.
Phyllis Mwilola went down to CM Constance Mbatha, Lubuto Bwalya outwitted Rose Zeco and Maria Bands drew with Noami Mwale.
The tournament ends today.

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