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Joseph Mwale & Priyasha Shriyan are the 2022 Malawi Chess Champions

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FM Joseph Mwale and Priyasha Shriyan are the 2022 Malawi National Champions.

FM Joseph Mwale, Malawi’s highest-rated player (2151), took gold with 7 points out of 9 rounds.

Proud winners of the Open section.
Proud winners of the Open section.

Priyasha Shriyan, who is only 16 years old, dominated the Women’s section and won it with 8/9, two points ahead of the runner-up.  It is the second time she has won the Malawi Championship. The first time was in 2020.

Proud winners of the Ladies section.
Proud winners of the Ladies section.

The National Chess Championship of Malawi took place at the Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu from 14th to 18th April 2022.

Twenty-six players battled it out in the Open and 13 in the Women’s category.

The event served as a qualification for the 44th Chess Olympiad scheduled for Chennai later in the year. The top 5 players in each category made it to the national team.

FM Joseph Mwale v Hubert Nanthambwe

Praise Kalambo taking on eventual winner FM Joseph Mwale.
Praise Kalambo taking on eventual winner FM Joseph Mwale.

CM Alfred Chimthere, the 2020 Malawi National Champion, ended in a joint third position with 6 points or fifth in the ranking.

CM Alfred Chimthere v Francisco Mwangupili

Royce Msiska taking on Priyasha Shriyan.
Royce Msiska taking on Priyasha Shriyan.
Priyasha Shriyan v Susan Namangale

Qualification for the National Championship

Unlike Kenya, which has an open National Championship, Malawi has a more competitive two-stage process.

Malawi has three regions, namely the South, Central and Northern region. In these regions, qualifiers take place in which the top 8 players from each section qualify for the National Championship.

Then seeded to the National Championship are the previous year’s champion and a Presidential nominee.

The playing hall of the 2022 Malawi National Chess Championship.
The playing hall of the 2022 Malawi National Chess Championship.

Prize fund

FM Joseph Mwale went home with the top prize of MWK 250,000 (or USD 300) plus a laptop. The total prize fund in the Open section was MWK 825,000 (USD 1,000).

Priyasha Shriyan, on the other hand, took home MWK 200,000 (USD 250) plus a tablet. The total prize fund in this section was MWK 5550,000 (USD 700).

The prizes in the open category were as follows;

1. MK250,000 + Laptop
2. MK200,000 + Tablet
3. MK150,000 + Tablet 
4. MK100. 000
5. MK75,000
6. MK50,000

Women category;

1. MK200.000 + Tablet
2. MK150,000 + Tablet
3. MK75,000
4. MK50,000
5. MK50,000
6. MK30,000

Prize winners and officials pose for a group photo.
Prize winners and officials pose for a group photo.

DGT Boards

Equally impressive is that the Chess Association of Malawi hosted the event with ten DGT boards in the Open section and six in the Ladies section.

Sponsors

The event’s sponsors included Heko Technologies, MRA, M1 Electronics, Grand Palace Hotel and the Malawi National Sports Council.

Olympiad Team

Open section 

  1. FM Joseph Mwale
  2. Stanford Chibambo
  3. CM Joseph Nyambalo
  4. Ernest Matola
  5. CM Alfred Chimthere

Ladies section 

  1. Priyasha Shriyan
  2. Tapiwa Banda
  3. Tupokiwe Msukwa
  4. WFM Linda Jambo Chaononga
  5. Martha Kapalamula

Links

2022 Malawi National Chess Championship on chess-results.com

PGNs from Open section of 2022 Malawi National Championship.

PGNs from Ladies section of 2022 Malawi National Championship.

CM Alfred Chimthere wins the 2020 Malawi Championship.

FM Joseph Mwale wins 2018 Mdina Chess Championship.

IM Chitumbo Mwali wins 2017 Malawi Open Chess Championship.

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