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The Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament

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The Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament

The Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament is taking place this weekend.

The tournament commenced on 14th and runs to 16th February 2020, at the Russian Center for Science & Culture in Lusaka, Zambia.

The playing hall at the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament.
The playing hall at the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament.

The nine round-robin event has 9 of Zambia’s top players and a player from Botswana taking part.

Jeff Kanguma is the Tournament Director with Aaron Banda as Chief Arbiter and Kiddy Makwaya as Assistant Arbiter.

Several Zambian players have been trash talking about their opponents on various social media groups.  This became much louder after the Zambian Chess Federation selected the team for the 2020 Chess Olympiad.  The event will thus give the winner bragging rights in Zambia.

Chitumbo Mwali 'Copper Eagle' in action during the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament.
Chitumbo Mwali aka ‘Copper Eagle’ in action during the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament.

The players are:

1. Gillian Bwalya 2395 ZAM
2. Andrew Kayonde 2369 ZAM
3. Richmond Phiri 2344 ZAM
4. Douglas Munenga 2329 ZAM
5. Prince Daniel Mulenga 2300 ZAM
6. Chitumbo Mwali 2288 ZAM
7. Oatlhotse Providence 2239 BOT
8. Geoffrey Luanja 2209 ZAM
9. Justin Daka 2187 ZAM
10. Newton Chola Musonda 2160 ZAM

Games from round 1 are shown below.

IM Andrew Kayonde v Justin Daka

Prince Daniel Mulenga v IM Chitumbo Mwali

FM Douglas Munenga v IM Providence Oatlhotse

IM Richmond Phiri v FM Geoffrey Luanja

IM Gillian Bwalya v FM Chola Musonda

Schedule

FRIDAY 14th
Round 1 @ 09:00hrs (CAT)
Round 2 @ 12:00hrs (CAT)
Round 3 @ 15:30hrs (CAT)

SATURDAY 15th
Round 4 @ 09:00hrs (CAT)
Round 5 @ 12:00hrs (CAT)
Round 6 @ 15:30hrs (CAT)

SUNDAY 16th
Round 7 @ 09:00hrs (CAT)
Round 8 @ 12:00hrs (CAT)
Round 9 @ 15:30hrs (CAT)

Links

Standings & Results of the Nkwazi Closed Invitational Chess Tournament .

Prince Mulenga’s Dubai chess adventure.

IM Chitumbo Mwali wins the 2017 Malawi Open.