It will neither be a bridal shower nor a kitchen top-up, but an all-women event at Country Club Limbe (CCL) in Blantyre this weekend in the Queens’ Gambit Ladies Chess Tournament!
Former Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairperson Susan Namangale has pumped in K150 000 into this two-day contest that will begin on Saturday to give fellow women an opportunity to interact while outdoing each other with mental prowess on the chessboard.
“It is also an early Christmas gift to fellow women who love this mental sport. I want to encourage and motivate them to take the sport as a great tool for social interaction and not a time-waster,” said Namangale.
According to SRCL vice-chairperson Peter Jailosi, the competition, which will be rated, is open to all women. Those interested will each pay K2 000 registration fee.
“We will meet as SRCL to discuss distribution of the prizes, but there are indications that the top-five players will be awarded. Therefore, we urge chess playing women to come in their large numbers,” said Jailosi.
The country’s top-rated female players Vitumbiko Gondwe, Tupokiwe Msukwa and Royce Msiska are expected to take part in the seven-round competition, which will be the first contest organised for women only in the country.