Chiletso Chipanga is on a path to winning the inaugural K300 000 Paul-Mike Individual Chess Tournament title after granting Alfred Chimthere a 2.5-0.5 defeat at the weekend.
In the three games they played in the 12-game final on Saturday and Sunday at Sports Council in Blantyre, Chipanga won two and forced the other match into stalemate.
Since the two candidate masters started these final games two months ago, there had been debate among local chess fanatics as to who was the favourite to win the title.
This means Chipanga now just needs a single win in their last three games to take the crown and the K50 000 winner’s purse whereas Chimthere will have a tall order of striving to win all the last three games.
“I should admit that it would be extremely tough for me to win the title,” Chimthere told The Nation after their battle on Sunday. Chipanga said:“I was in the mood for the games this week. I practised my moves for the better part of the week and it worked for me.”