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CM Alfred Chimthere is the 2020 Malawi National Chess Champion

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CM Alfred Chimthere is the 2020 Malawi National Chess Champion

CM Alfred Chimthere cruised to a comfortable victory in the 2020 Malawi National Chess Championship. He beat a field of thirty-two hopefuls to claim his first national title. CM Alfred Chimthere obtained 7.5 points out of 9 rounds. His only loss was in round six against Joseph Nyambalo.

CM Alfred Chimthere posing with his trophy for winning the 2020 Malawi National Chess Championship.
CM Alfred Chimthere posing with his trophy for winning the 2020 Malawi National Chess Championship.

Chimthere went home with MWK 200,000 (USD 250) out of a prize fund of MWK 575,000 (USD 750).  CM Alfred Chimethere, it is interesting to note is also the Publicity Secretary for the Chess Association of Malawi.

CM Chiletso Chipanga was second with 6.5 points while FM George Mwale was third with 6 points. Ronald Chimkute and Joseph Nyambalo also ended up with 6 points.

The playing hall for the 2020 Malawi National Chess Championship.
The playing hall for the 2020 Malawi National Chess Championship.

Priyasha Shriyan, on the other hand, won the Ladies Section with 7.5 points out of 9 rounds. She went home with MWK 150,000 (USD 200).  The Ladies section had a total of 14 contestants competing for a prize fund of MWK 375,000 (USD 500).  Priyasha Shriyan, who is 14 years old is a student of Bishop Mackenzie International School (BMIS).

Shalom Kapende was second with 6.5 points while Ellen Mpinganjira and Tupokiwe Msukwa were in joint third place with 5.5 points.

Proud winners Priyasha Shriyan who won the Ladies Section (left), President of the Chess Association of Malawi Ms Susan Namangale, and , CM Alfred Chimthere the winner of the Open Section.
Proud winners Priyasha Shriyan who won the Ladies Section (left), President of the Chess Association of Malawi Ms Susan Namangale, and , CM Alfred Chimthere the winner of the Open Section.

FM Joseph Mwale who was the 2019 Malawian National Champion did not play in this edition.  He was also the winner of the 2018 Mdina Malawi Open Chess Championship.

Ackim Mwale who is the father to Malawi’s highest rated player FM Joseph Mwale won the Veteran Section.

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Sponsors

Crossroads Hotel and Mybucks Bank sponsored the event in conjunction with Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS).

CM Alfred Chimethere on his way to victory.
CM Alfred Chimethere on his way to victory.

Covid 19 Pandemic

The Covid 19 Pandemic has caused a number of African federations including Kenya to cancel their respectively National Championships.  The 2020 Togo National Chess Championship was a rare exception and was held in November 2020.

Chess facts about Malawi

Logo of the Chess Association of Malawi.
Logo of the Chess Association of Malawi.

The Chess Association of Malawi (CHESSAM) was established in 1985.

Ms Susan Namangale is the President of the federation.  

Ms Susan Namangale the President of the Chess Association of Malawi.
Ms Susan Namangale the President of the Chess Association of Malawi.

Malawi has participated in seven consecutive Chess Olympiads from 2006 to 2018. The ladies team have played in four Chess Olympiads (2010, 2014, 2016 & 2018).

FM Joseph Mwale is the highest-rated player at 2148.

Malawi has about 160 players registered with FIDE.

Interesting facts about Malawi

The British established Nyasaland as a Protectorate in 1889. In 1964 the name changed to Malawi at independence.

Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi.

National Assembly building in Lilongwe. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.
National Assembly building in Lilongwe. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.

Scottish settlers in 1876 founded Blantyre which is the second-largest city in Malawi.  It was named it in honour of Blantyre in Scotland, which was the explorer David Livingstone’s birthplace. 

Malawi has a population of 18 million.

Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa. The nickname of the lake is ‘Calendar Lake‘ because, it is 365 miles long and at its widest point, 52 miles wide.

Lake Malawi. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.
Lake Malawi. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.

English and Chichewa are the official languages of Malawi.

The Chewa and Yao are two of the biggest ethnic tribes in Malawi.

Malawian Kwacha (MWK) is the official currency. The exchange rate is MWK 775 to USD.

Malawi is one of 73 countries to have never won a medal at the Olympic Games.

Malawi’s flag is horizontally striped black-red-green. Black represents the people, red represents the blood shed for freedom while green the land. The rising sun symbolises a new dawn.

The Malawi flag.
The Malawi flag.

Malawi is home to one of the richest concentration of rock art in Africa. The UNESCO-listed Chongoni Area features rock art sites from the late Stone Age. It is estimated that the paintings are about 40,000 years.

Chongoni Rock Art Area. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.
Chongoni Rock Art Area. Photo credit www.kiddle.co.