All is set for the Zone 4.5 Chess tournament expected to be held online.
Accompanied by a Mothers’ Day gift of 15 gigabytes (GB) of internet data to each Malawi player from Airtel and accomodation from Crossroads Hotel, the setting looks good for the tournament starting on 16th to 18th October 2020.
Publicity Secretary for Chess Association of Malawi-CHESSAM Alfred Chinthere says the online tournament which was initially set for October 9-18, so far has ten countries that have already confirmed their participation.
“We are grateful to Airtel for the data and thankful to Crossroads Hotel for providing venue to players coming from Blantyre and Lilongwe.
These 2 sponsors have sponsored chess in a bigger way.” Chinthere said.
“All the players including Coach and Captain will benefit from the data bundles from Airtel, each of them, making a total package of 16 people.” Added Chinthere.
This will be the first time to stage the tournament online as influenced by Covid 19 pandemic.
The Zone consists of countries from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.
The Malawi team has the following players:
CM Petros Mfune
CM George Mwale
CM Chiletso Chipanga
WCM Ellen Mpinganjira
WFM Linda Chaononga
UNDER 20 BOYS
UNDER 20 GIRLS
Rachael Jyloss (nominated)