Malawi has an opportunity to host international chess events after Chessam president Kezzie Msukwa passed the international organisers examinations that the world chess governing body, Fide, administered during the World Chess Olympiad in Turkey in August this year.
Msukwa was among 34 organisers who passed the test out of 44 participants from across the world.
He has been awarded the international organiserâ€™s norm, which is a temporary certificate. He will be given the permanent document after he successfully organises three events.
According to Msukwa, the duty of an international organiser is to ensure that arrangements of a countryâ€™s chess events follow Fide standards.
Msukwa said since he already organised the 2007 African Junior Chess Championships in Lilongwe, he is remaining with two more events to receive his permanent recognition document.
â€œThis is a blessing not only to me, but to the entire nation as I will dictate venues for the events I will be organising and Malawi will not be forgotten,â€ he said.
According to Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) publicist Gilton Mkumbwa, it is now a requirement by Fide that a country which wants to organise an international event should have an international organiser.