Mwale retains South Chess online championship

Joseph Mwale, SRCL

South Africa-based chess FIDE Master retained his championship for the Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) online tournament after emerging victor on Sunday.

The Malawi’s highly-rated star with a rating of 2203 managed to get 15 points in the 15-round tournament, two points above his first record two weeks ago.

Precious Kamwendo and Chiletso Chipanga shared second and third spots with 13 and 11 points respectively.

In the ladies category, Daisy Nkhoma emerged the best player with 7.5 points followed by Lackshit Dutt with seven points.

SRCL publicity secretary, Wadza Otomani said they were impressed with the results, but were disappointed with the participation this time.

“During the inaugural tournament we had 64 players, but this time the number decreased to 42 and only five were women. We don’t know why, as a league, we will sit down to strategise and see how we can motivate more girls to participate,” he said.

They played 574 Blitz games with a 3+0 time control on www.lichess.org, an open source internet chess server.

The tournament is sponsored by two individuals, Godwin Ulaya and Wasoka Chirwa to the tune of K200, 000.

As winners, Mwale cart home K20, 000, while Kamwendo and Chipanga got K15, 000 and K10, 000 respectively.

Nkhoma and Dutt received K7, 000 and K3, 000 each as their prizes.

Other winners include Amos Chigowo on position four and Francisco Mwangupili fifth pocketing K5, 000 each.

Hurbert Nanthambwe, Paul Khupwathea, Rumbani Mkamanga, Enerst Matola and Weston Namalomba shared positions six to 10 getting K3, 000 each.

This was the league’s second online chess tournament and it will hold the remaining competition on 5 July 2020.

SRCL is organising online chess tournaments to observe social distancing and comply with restrictions on public gatherings following the outbreak of COVID-19.