SRCL online tourney wraps up, Mwale drops to 4th

SRCL, Amos Chigowo

Amos Chigowo won the third and last edition of the Southern Region Chess League online tournament after denying Malawi’s highly-rated Joseph Mwale a chance to defend the title for the third time.

Chigowo and others ganged-up to ensure Mwale, who is based in South Africa, drop to fourth-place with after amassing 10.5 points.

The new champion managed to collect 12 points in the 15-round tournament that took place on Sunday.

Candidate Master Petros ‘Razor Blade’ Mfune and Africa Amateurs chess champion, Chiletso Chipanga shared second and third positions after securing 11 and 10.5 points, respectively.

Priyasha Shriyan soared in the ladies’ section with seven points, followed by Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) president, Susan Namangale with 5.5 points.

SRCL publicity secretary, Wadza Otomani said is was an exciting and competitive tournament.

Forty chess players competed in the online chess tournament and they played 280 Blitz games with a 3+0 time control on www.lichess.org, an open-source internet chess server,” he said.

The tournaments were sponsored by Godwin Ulaya and Wasoka Chirwa to the tune of K200, 000.

For being the champion, Chigowo took home K20, 000, while Mfune and Chipanga got K15, 000 and K10, 000 each respectively.

Shriyan got K7, 000 and Namangale K3, 000.