At their meeting in Blantyre on Sunday, SRCL interim chairperson Stanley Mtuwa confirmed that the two-day event, which will be in the menâ€™s A and B categories, alongside the ladies sections, is set to roll into action on Saturday.
â€œThe sponsors will make a symbolic presentation of the K300 000 cheque within the week and all preparations for the event are at an advanced stage. The finals will be played on May 19,â€ said Mtuwa.
He said the chess contest, which will start at 8am, will accept both members and non-members of the league.
â€œNevertheless, the non-members will pay K1 000 registration fee whereas members will pay half that amount. Those who would like to participate in the competition and, at the same time, register as our members will pay K1 500 before the start of the games,â€ he said.
According to SRCL publicist Makhosi Nyirenda, individuals who have chess sets are encouraged to bring them along to the competition.
The Countrywide Car Hire Tournament was initially scheduled to start last weekend, but was shifted in respect of the 30-day mourning period for the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.