After six years in oblivion, Bumas Business and Management Systems has returned to Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) with a K130 000 (about $325) package for a day-long Rapid Chess Tournament on June 15.
Bumas last bankrolled a chess competition in the SRCL in 2007. It was through this contest that the current chess heavyweights such as candidate master Chiletso Chipanga, Ackim Chihana and Ellen Mpinganjira were unearthed.
The company’s managing director Derrick Lakudzala told The Nation on Tuesday that they are back to promote discipline and problem-solving through the mental sport.
“We are back for real. However, our continued support will depend on players’ good conduct,” said Lakudzala.
According to SRCL publicist, Makhosi Nyirenda, this will be the first time rapid chess, which encourages players to complete their games within the shortest time, will be rolled out on the domestic scene
“It is a very adventurous format that will excite every player,” said Nyirenda.
He said male and female players will battle for honours in one category.
Nyirenda said the venue of the competition, which will see each player paying K1 000 registration fee, will be announced later.