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The Copper Eagle reigns as King of Malawi

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The Copper Eagle reigns as King of Malawi

Zambian chess ace IM Chitumbo  Mwali  popularly known as ‘Copper Eagle’ flew high enough to win the 2017 Malawi Open Chess Championship.  He scored  8.5 points out of 9 rounds, in the event held last weekend in Mzuzu City, Malawi.  He was 2.5 points clear his runner-up CM Chiletso Chipanga who could only manage 6 points.

Banner for the event.
Banner for the event.

CM Joseph Nyambalo was third with with 6 points, FM Gerald Mphungu was 4th with also 6 points. The 3 were separated by the Bucholoz tie breaking system.

Billboard for the event!
Billboard for the event!

Chipata based, Zambian Ellias Phiri was 5th with 5.5 points.

Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

Thrilling Round 4

The ‘Copper Eagle’ seemed to have reached a cul-de-sac when he was was ambushed in a chaotic middle game by CM Chiletso Chipanga in round 4 .  But the calm ‘Copper Eagle’ found the only winning variation in the forest of unclear lines to destroy Chipanga in spectacular fashion.

In the other death game against Malawi’s highest titled player, FM Gerald Mphungu, the wind seemed to have blown Chitumbo’s way.  Mphungu lost his material advantage to give the game away to the ‘Copper Eagle’.

Tense moments IM Chitumbo Mwali 'Copper Eagle' right takes on one of his opponents.
Tense moments IM Chitumbo Mwali ‘Copper Eagle’ right takes on one of his opponents.

Mdina Business Solution, a South African based company owned by a Malawian, Tiwone Mdina is the sponsor of this annual event.  This year’s event had 5 Zambians and about 30 Malawian players.

IM Chitumbo Mwali (left) receives his trophy.
IM Chitumbo Mwali (left) receives his trophy.

At the closing ceremony IM Chitumbo, who pocketed USD 405 and a glittering trophy, thanked Mdina Business Solutions for sponsoring him to the event.

Ladies section

In the Ladies Section WCM Phylis Mwilolo of Zambia beat Malawi’s  Vitumbiko Gondwe in a blitz tie breaker to pocket USD 135 and a glittering trophy.

Makhosi Nyirenda.
Makhosi Nyirenda.

Report done by Makhosi Nyirenda who is the Publicity Secretary of Chess Association of Malawi.

 

 

 

 

Links

Stan.dings & Results for the 2017 Mdina Malawi Open

Standings & Results of the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament .

Prince Mulenga’s Dubai chess adventure.