Malawian chess players are among those targeted for next month’s Zambia Closed Invitational Chess Tournament in Mansa, Zambia, Daily Mail has reported.
The newspaper on Tuesday quoted Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) secretary Chanda Nsakanya as saying they intend to invite six foreign players from neighbouring countries, including Malawi.
The championship starts on March 29 and ends on April 1 at Henry’s Courtyard. Also targeted are Zimbabweans, reads www.daily-mail.co.zm
Chess Association of Malawi general secretary Leonard Sharra had not yet received an official invitation from the Zambians as we went to print on Tuesday.
“The only invitation we have is from Botswana and we are seriously thinking of sending two players there. We are not aware of the offer from Zambia, but since it is closer, we may change our focus and follow it up,” Sharra said.
Daily Mail added that Zimbabwe’s International Master Robert Gwaze was CFZ’s main choice for the invitation. Nsakanya also said there are other players from Zimbabwe and Malawi who would be invited.
The Zambia Closed Invitational Chess Tournament will be played alongside the National Individual Chess championship that will have Zambia’s top players battling for top honours at the same venue in Mansa.
The event will be for the title of the 2013 Zambia Closed Invitational Chess Tournament whereas the National Championships events will produce the country’s individual chess champion in the open section.