TWO of the country's top chess players failed to make the national team following their unimpressive run during the Individual Chess tournament in Mansa (April 2013).
Both Master Stanley Chumfwa and Fide Master Nase Lungu failed to retain their positions when they finished ninth and seventh position respectively in the individual chess tournament sponsored by Henry Court Yard proprietor Dr. Chitalu Chilufya now honourable MP of Mansa and deputy minister of health. They were replaced by IM Chitumbo Mwali and FM Douglas Munenga while Gillan Bwalya, Daniel Jere and Andrew Kayonde retained their positions in the national team after finishing first, second and fourth in the Individual Chess Championship.
In the women category, Yvonne Palatema was a new addition to the national team with Constance Mbatha, Women Chess Masters (WCM) Epah Tembo and Lorita Mwango and Lindah Hamonga all retaining their positions.
The National chess trials phase two is meant to select the top five players from a possible 55 players from 11 Zones. The following are the fifty five players:
1. Chumfwa Kelvin
2. Katowa Kennedy
3. Chumfwa Stanley
4. FM Phiri Richmond
5. Kela Siame
6. Simuludu Judah
7. Daka Justine
8. Katebe Linus
9. Mwenya Oscar
10. Zulu Thomas
11. Jilowa Tito
12. Mulenga Prince
13. Nsakanya Chanda
14. Chabala Efford
15. Mayimbo Clement
16. Ng’onga Bornface
17. Kondwelani Gondwe
18. Nyirenda Alick
19. Mulenga Zondy
20. Lwenyeka Brian
21. Dimba Samuel
22. Mukupa Taimon
23. Hamoonga David
24. Chishala Lemmy
25. Mwape William
26. Nase Lungu
27. Muyenga Bright
28. Mubita Mwagelwa
29. Mululu Arnold
30. Tilimboyi Marshall
31. Nyimbili Terence Katongo
32. Mukelebai Nawa
33. Likando Namakau
34. Simulesi Saviour
35. Lungu Sachalwata
36. Kabwe Timothy
37. Chibwata Paul
38. Lungu Nathan
39. Chola Midosatos
40. Mulenga Titus
41. Ntengenibwino Stephen
42. Mwale Douglas
43. Mulauzi Joshua
44. Dimba James
45. Kaonga Allan
THE Lusaka Province Chess Association league came to an end on Monday, with Nkwazi becoming the first team to finish the with a 100 per cent win record.
The Zambia Police-sponsored chess club boasting players like International Master Gillian Bwalya and Candidate Master Kelvin Chumfwa finished the league winning all their 18 games and accumulating a total of 54 points.
In second position was defending league champions Red Arrows chess club, who finished with 40 points after 18 round games.
Micronics and NAPSA chess clubs were joint third position with 36 points each but the latter had a weak tie break. Indo Zambia Bank Chess club were 5th with 28 points.
The 2013 chess league games were played over a period of nine months from March to November.
All the league games are played every Sunday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Ten teams are participating in the LPCA, namely Red Arrows, NAPSA, Nkwazi, AJAX, UNZA, ZINC, Green Eagles, Micronics, Little Legends and INDO Zambia Bank Chess Clubs.
And Nkwazi Club chairman Maybin Chinama urged the Zambia Police command to continue sponsoring his team.
He said the players were looking forward to defending their championship and a challenging season.
And LPCA chairman Bwalya Chileya said the 2013 league season was very competitive and thanked new teams that joined the league.
"I would like to thank the new teams such as Nkwazi, ZINC and INDO Zambia for bringing stiff competition in the league. We had a successful season, with nine monthly chess tournaments. As LPCA, we are pleased to see the number of female participants in chess events increase in both the league and tournaments," said Chileya.
By Oliver Chisenga - Wed 27 Nov. 2013
2013 World Team Chess Championship has started today in a very combative mood, perhaps the stormy weather in Antalya inspired players to fight at any cost, who knows? In any case, fortunately for chess fans, the opening round was rich in chess content and almost all the games were very instructive and exciting.
The most important pairing of the round was obviously the epic Russia-Armenia battle. The main favourites of the tournament fought until the bitter end. Perhaps the most expected game of the tournament, Kramnik-Aronian, saw a very sharp struggle in a Botvinnik Slav. The exchange sacrifice of Kramnik resulted in an queen+bishop vs. queen+rook ending, where Kramnik had two pawns for the exchange. The position was in dynamic equilibrium and although Kramnik tried a bit to play for a win, Aronian never let him get anything and finally the ex-champion decided to repeat the moves. On the second board Movsesian achieved a nice advantage and wanted to torture Karjakin which didn't materialize in the end as Karjakin managed to exchange pieces to relieve the pressure and saved the game. Also on the fourth board Armenia seemed to have the advantage but when Sargissian missed the double attack 39...Qa7 he had to concede the draw to his resourceful opponent Nepomniatchi. The last game was Grischuk-Akopian in which Russians hoped that Akopian would falter under the pressure of Grischuk in a rook endgame up a pawn but their hopes haven't got realized and the experienced grandmaster Vladimir Akopian saved the game and the match for Armenia: 2-2!
Another heavyweight battle was between Ukraine and USA. Perhaps under the influence of recent Anand-Carlsen match Nakamura wanted to employ the impenetrable Berlin Wall but Chucky preferred not to bother dealing with it and chose instead the old Two Knights System. As he didn't manage to create something out of this well studied line however the game ended in a draw. Moiseenko-Onischuk was also a quiet affair in which neither side could imbalance the game. On the remaining two boards Akobian couldn't convert his nice positional edge into a full point due to the dynamic defense of Kryvorouchko and thus when Korobov punished Kamsky's over-optimistic pawn sacrifice in a long endgame it was time to cheer for Ukrainians. USA will for sure try to make a comeback in the race for the world team champion title.
Actually the first match to finish in the first round was Netherlands-China. On first board after a Caro-Kann opening Anish Giri decided to force a repetition in a balanced position pretty quickly whereas second and fourth boards saw two longer draws in which Dutch players showed strong and solid play, giving their Chinese opponents no chance to take advantage of white pieces. The only decisive result of the match came from the Tiviakov-Bu Xiangzhi game. Bu had obviously prepared thoroughly for Tiviakov's pet line Alapin Sicilian and even being perhaps the most formidable expert of the variation Tiviakov couldn't achieve any advantage with white. To make things worse for Netherlands he soon lost control of position under time pressure and collapsed giving China the chance to score an important match victory.
One of the most exciting games of the round was played on the fourth board of Germany-Egypt match between Bassem Amin and David Baramidze. Feeling perhaps the need to win as the leading player of Egypt, Amin didn't allow a threefold repetition and instead moved his king to h4 in a complicated middlegame with queens on the board! It was a very risky decision which was at the end efficiently punished by Baramidze. What was perhaps unfortunate for the representative of Africa was the fact that although in the first three boards they were definitely the underdogs they managed to held their ground and their cause of defeat came from the most unexpected board. But such is chess!
Finally in the first round the hosts had a tough challenge against the Azerbaijani team but they were obviously hoping to get a good start to the championship. The positions of Turkish players were looking mostly fine at one point however Azeris didn't give them a chance to score a win in the end and the defeat of Yilmaz at the hands of Nidjat Mamedov meant a disappointing loss for the Turkish team. Let's see if the host country will be able to make use of their home advantage in the coming matches.
The second round will be played tomorrow again at 3 pm local time, featuring this time a classic match: USA-Russia! Also don't forget to follow the live commentary by GM Oleksienko and IM Arduman.
Magnus Carlsen ended Viswanathan Anand‘s reign as World Chess Champion after beating the Indian 6.5-3.5 — not conceding a single game in the process. As Chennai saw their favourite son lose his battle, not many can deny the genius of Carlsen deserved the title. And the Norwegian is already thinking about his challengers — in which, surprisingly, he doesn’t count Anand.
He was quoted in a livemint report as saying: “First of all, he’ll have to figure out if he wants to play in the candidates’ tournament. His results lately have not been too good. He’ll need some time to readjust. If he is able to play at his highest level, I think he can come back, but right now I don’t think he is the favourite to become the challenger.” Magnus Carlsen has modelled before but has no plans for Hollywood.
Carlsen was usually very closed and sounded bored at most post-match press conferences, but was at his best when a few journalists questioned him after he was officially crowned as the world chess champion: “I’ve learnt from Anand but I think I showed him in a way that although he has taught me many things in the past, now it’s probably my turn to teach him.” He also refused to name his seconds: “I am already thinking about defending the title and that is the reason why I don’t want to talk about my seconds too much, because they would be part of my team going forward.” While Carlsen’s playing style has generated a lot of discussion, it’s his off-the-board life that has captured the imagination of chess fans across the globe.
“I didn’t do much, we had a gathering with my team and sponsors, it was very nice,” Carlsen told NDTV in an interview. It’s well documented that Carlsen and Anand are good friends — the two also agreed to sharing the rest area during games — with the Indian Grandmaster calling him ‘Maggie’ at a particular dinner in 2007. Carlsen had apparently replied, “He is the world champion. He can call me what he wants.”
Carlsen may have counted Anand out as one of his challengers, but he did say that he hoped to see the Indian back in the Candidates: “Anand is a legend of the game. By playing him so many times over the years and by training with him on several occasions, I have gained a lot of knowledge on how high his standards are. I hope he still has the interest and passion to make a comeback,” he said in the interview.
Carlsen also said that he loved spicy Indian food on a trip which made him feel very much at home. The 22-year-old has already modelled for fashion house G-Star Raw, but for those eager to see him on the big screen it’s not happening soon. When asked whether he had Hollywood plans, Magnus responded with a trademark ‘No.’
Chennai: Time might be running out and the throne slipping away but defending champion Viswanathan Anand made it clear that he will come back harder in the next game after drawing the eighth tie of the World Chess Championship rather easily, here on Tuesday.
"Of course the match situation explains itself and I guess it`s my job to liven things up but I guess I will try in the next game," Anand said in the post game conference.
Anand gave nothing away to Carlsen who played white and was expected to push harder with his two points lead. When asked if the choice of King pawn opening by Carlsen was a surprise Anand said no.
"In general in a match you should not be surprised, but I had not prioritized `e4`," the defending champion said. Elaborating on the game, Anand said it was "generally a fairly solid system for white" but not entirely without chances if black played inaccurately.
"The only may be interesting moment was if I go Qg5, h4 is strong but after just Qd8 we liquidate to a drawn ending," he said.
When asked if he could have tried anyways, Anand said he had to be ready for all situations. "Obviously I had to be ready for any scenario that turned up but after d4 and c3 this is what I could do." Anand said he was not sure about a Sicilian defense, considered a combative opening.
"I didn`t know what really his intentions were, and even the Sicilian even if you want to play dry systems, they are available."
Anand said he was happy with his opening preparation.
"I am quite happy with my opening preparation, get kind of a bonus evening before the rest day and so I will try and prepare something for the next one."
Carlsen said he did not mind the result.
"I didn`t particularly mind the draw as was evident from my play, I was just hoping to set up one or two traps. I guess when you play matches its really different, there is still way to go but for now I am fine," he said.
The Norwegian was asked if he had an idol.
"I didn`t have any particular idol in chess when I was young. As a young player I was also trying to play attacking chess. Sacrificing material all the time, bit different from my deeds today. I have been playing at top level for seven years. I have had some time to adjust to situation and develop my play accordingly," he said.
The game was played at a frenzied pace by Carlsen using an average of about 30 seconds for the first 20 moves.
"With the line I chose there was not too much to think about the moves, pretty much suggest themselves. It`s basically more or less all been played before. I wasn`t in any mood to think either so that influenced my decision," Carlsen said.
The ninth game will now be played today after a day`s rest.
Five foreign international masters have confirmed their presence in the International Chess Tournament dubbed “Uíge City Cup”, announced a source with the organizers.
According to a source, the international masters Luis Galego (Portugal), Cicero Braga (Brazil), Robert Gwaze (Zimbabwe), Jere Daniel (Zambia) and Daniel Caludery (South Africa) have confirmed their presence in the mentioned sport event.
The competition also counts on the participation of five chess national players, namely Adérito Pedro, M.I. Erikson Soares, Amorim Agnêlo and the specialists Luciano Oliveira and Sérgio Rodrigues.
The first winner of the competition will be awarded 300,000 kwanzas, the second Kz 200,000, and the third one is to receive Kz 150,000, while the fourth placed will get Kz 100, 000.
The competition, organized by the government of the northern Uíge Province, aims at encouraging the practice of chess in this region, as well as celebrating the anniversary of the city, to be marked on 07 July.
Zambia’s Kelvin Chumfwa on Sunday finished third at the Spicenet Tanzania Open Chess Championship in Dar es Salaam.
Chumfwa tied on five points with International Master (IM) Emojong Elijah of Uganda.
Grand Master Nigel Short of England won the event with six points.
Other Zambians who competed in the tournament are IM Chitumbo Mwali who finished in sixth position on 4.5 points and so were Gillian Bwalya and Kangwa Chibesa a former Chilanga Cement Chess player now based in Tanzania.
Tanzanian Chess Federation held its first major tournament (2013 Tanzania Open) in many years and it attracted players from surrounding countries and as far away as England and Romania. In fact, it was the Brit who won the tournament and it was none other than GM Nigel Short who remarked he was pleased to win with the “maximum score” (6/6).
While Short was never threatened he did mention that he last two games were challenging. Both Kenya’s Nathan Ateka and Uganda’s IM Elijah Emojong tested the legendary player and dragged the battle to the ending. Short remarked that Emojong could have been drawn, but the difficulty in finding moves under time pressure was too great.
Nevertheless, the newly-minted IM Emojong ended on 5/6 and has cemented his place as one of the top player in East Africa. Also in joint second on 5/6 were Haruna Nsubuga (Uganda) and Keepthamsh Reddy (India). Reddy upset WGM Alina L’Ami (Romania) in the last round. There were 69 players registered with 32 Tanzanians and the largest traveling contingent coming from Kenya with 13. Uganda sent five players and they took home 2nd and 4th places.
Nathan Ateka had this to say “the standard of organization was “world-class” and he was glad to see Tanzania come into the fold to give East Africa a stronger circuit”. Incidentally, Tanzania is not a current FIDE member, but this event will certainly raise the profile for chess in the country.
The tournament appeared to have good conditions and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube deemed it a “great success”. Short’s presence increased the public interest and excitement of the players and six players had an opportunity to play a chess Grandmaster perhaps for the first time. Ncube stated that there is potential to attract more attention to Africa as a destination for top level events.
The Chess Federation of Zambia advises that the 2013 Heroes and Unity Chess Championships will be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka from Saturday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 2, 2013
In addition to the main events, the Championship section, the tournament will also incorporate the under 15 years (boys and girls) - players born on or after January 1, 1998
The Championship event will be for the title of the 2013 Heroes and Unity Chess Champion
whilst the age group events will produce the national under 15 boys and girls champions for the year 2013.
All the event sections of the 2013 Heroes and Unity Chess Championships will be FIDE RATED
The tournament will be played over eleven rounds starting from Saturday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
The time control will be ONE HOUR
for each player, with no increment, for completion of the game.
The entry fee will be KR 70.00
each for the Championship section, whilst the entry fee for the youth age group section will be KR 40.00
Registration is to be conducted at four centers:-
i) The OYDC in the Chess Coordinator’s office, June 18 to June 28, 2013
ii) The Treasurers office (through Aaron Banda), June18 to June 28, 2013
iii) At the tournament venue, OYDC on Friday, June 28, 2013
iv) Through online registration on http://www.zambiachess.com/online-registration.html
All entry fee payments must be made by the deadline of the close of registration.
The deadline for registration is 16.00 hours on Friday June 28, 2013.
The deadline for the close of registration applies to both the Championship section and the youth age group section.
Pairings for Round One will be available by 18:00 hours on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Any player registering after the deadline will be required to pay a late registration fee of KR 20.00
in addition to the Tournament Registration Fee.
All players completing the registration process after the deadline will not be paired for Round One and will only be allowed to enter the tournament in the Second Round.
The tournament schedule will be as follows:- Saturday, June 29, 2013
Round 1 = 08:00hrs – 10.00hrs
Round 2 = 11.00hrs – 13.00hrs
Lunch = 13.00hrs – 14.00hrs
Round 3 = 14.30hrs – 16.30hrs Sunday, June 30, 2013
Round 4 = 08:00hrs – 10.00hrs
Round 5 = 11.00hrs – 13.00hrs
Lunch = 13.00hrs – 14.00hrs
Round 6 = 14.30hrs – 16.30hrs Monday, July 1, 2013
Round 7 = 08:00hrs – 10.00hrs
Round 8 = 11.00hrs – 13.00hrs
Lunch = 13.00hrs – 14.00hrs
Round 9 = 14.30hrs – 16.30hrsTuesday, July 2, 2013
Round 10 = 08:00hrs – 10.00hrs
Round 11 = 11.00hrs – 13.00hrs
Lunch = 13.00hrs – 14.00hrs
Prize Giving = 14.30 hrs – 15.30hrs
The prize distribution for the Championship section will be as follows: Championship (Section A)
First Prize – KR 2,500.00 + Trophy
Second Prize – KR 1,800.00
Third Prize – KR 1,300.00
Fourth Prize – KR 800.00
Fifth Prize - KR 500.00 Championship (Section B)
First Prize – KR 1,500.00
Second Prize – KR 1,200.00
Third Prize – KR 800.00
Fourth Prize – KR 400.00
Fifth to Tenth Prize - K 150.00 Championship (Women’s Section)
First Prize – KR 800.00
Second Prize – KR 400.00 Best over 40 years (Madala’s Section)
First Prize – KR 800.00
Second Prize – KR 400.00
For any queries or clarification kindly contact:
Aaron Banda, Chess Federation of Zambia Tournaments Director - +260 978 020557
Chanda Nsakanya, Chess Federation of Zambia National Secretary - +260 955 997735
INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Stanley Chumfwa Red Arrows on Sunday won the Zone Four Chess Championship in Lusaka. LPCA chairperson Bwalya Chileya, who confirmed the results, said Chumfwa won the tournament after beating 74 other players in the two-day tournament held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.
IM Stanley Chumfwa managed 5.5 points from seven games relegating FIDE master and defending champion Gillian Bwalya into second position. Gillan Bwalya of Nkwazi Chess Club was on five points. Linus Katebe, IM Chitumbo Mwali and Stanley’s younger brother Kelvin Chumfwa is the holder of the Botswana title were in joint third position.
The trio amassed 4.5 points apiece.
Others are Jackson Chansa who had four points, Godwin Phiri and Thomas Zulu were on 3.5 points and FIDE master Richmond Phiri managed three points.
The rest are Lemmy Chishala and Judah Simulundu on 2.5 points with Kela Kaulule (Red Arrows), Allan Kaonga (Red Arrows) and Midosantos Chola of Samfya Chess Club collecting two points each.
For the B category, which attracted 61 players, Kenson Munsha emerged winner with 6.5 points, while Joshua Mulauzi was in joint second position on 5.5 points with three other players.
Others on 5.5 points are Perkins Malosa, Marshal Tilimboyi and Aaron Banda. Timothy Bwalya, Kiddy Makwaya, Mutale Kaluba, Oscar Mwenya, Christopher Kalengele and Arnold Siuluta were in joint third position with five points each.
The Swedish embassy has sponsored Gillan Bwalya with $3000 to make it possible for him to attend the 2013 World Chess Cup in Tromso, Norway. The Chess World Cup 2013 is a 128-player chess single-elimination tournament, which will be played between 10 August and 5 September 2013.
The decision was taken on Saturday by the Swedish ambassador, Her Excellence Lena Nordstrom. To have a Zambian chess player among the 128 best in the World is not just Zambian chess history but general Zambian Sport history. The Swedish Embassy is very happy to be able to help Gillian Bwalya to make his Dream come true.
Her Excellence Lena Nordstrom hopes that this can motivate more Zambian School Children to start playing chess as this will greatly beneficial as research has shown that young children playing chess get better academic results.
Sweden has been cooperating with Zambia since independence 1965. On the whole, Zambia has been one of the biggest recipients when it comes to Swedish aid. With the overall objective to continue to contribute to poverty reduction, the Swedish Government has approved a strategy for Swedish development cooperation with Zambia to be implemented by Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)