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



Chanda Nsakanya
28/11/2013 07:04


The 2013 LPCA league champions Nkwazi Chess Club has rewarded its players for the excellent performance in the 2013 chess league season. CM Kelvin Chumfwa was Nkwazi’s best male player of the league season. Kelvin lost only one league game to NAPSA’s Geoffrey Luanja. Richmond Phiri also lost only a game but three (3) draws cost him. Gillian Bwalya made only 6 league appearance because of his involvement in international events. Although he was unbeaten in the league Gillan could not be considered for league awards due to insufficient number of league games he played. Linda Hamoonga won the best female prize. She finished the league unbeaten winning 16 games and recording 2 draws against her female National team counterparts NAPSA’s Epah T. Jere and Red Arrows’s Constance Mbatha. Justine Daka won the most disciplined Nkwazi chess player award.
1. Best Male Player (K200.00) Kelvin Chumfwa
2. Best Female Player (K200.00) Linda Hamoonga
3. Most disciplined player (100.00) Justine Daka
4. Gillian Bwalya (K50.00)
5. Judah Simulundu (K50.00)
6. Godwin Phiri (K50.00)
7. Richmond Phiri (K50.00)
8. Kiddy Makwaya (K50.00)
9. Steven Kashiwa (K50.00)
10. Jackson Chansa (K50.00 - with Chitumbo Mwali.

Elias Chipepo
28/11/2013 07:10

Nkwazi Are Chess Champs

NKWAZI were at the weekend crowned Lusaka Province Chess Association (LPCA) league champions after finishing the season with a 100 per cent record to accumulate an unmatched 54 points from the 18 games played.

Architects of Nkwazi's 18-match unbeaten run were International Master (IM) Gillian Bwalya, who is national and Zone 4.3 champion and Botswana and Zimbabwe Open champions in Candidate Master (CM) Kelvin Chumfwa and Godwin Phiri respectively.

Also in the team is female national team icon Linda Hamoonga, who was the November Airtel chess challenge champion.

More accolades followed Nkwazi after Bwalya was named best Player-of-the-Year after his wonderful season that saw him finish third at the 2013 Capablanca Open Festival in South Africa early this year.

Bwalya also represented Zambia and Africa at the Chess World Cup held in Norway in August this year.

He also won four LPCA monthly tournaments for January, March, October and November and was unbeaten in the 2013 chess league games.

Red Arrows relinquished their title after finishing their campaign in second place on 40 points after winning 13 games drawing one and losing four.

Instrumental in attaining second position were the International Masters duo of Stanley Chumfwa and Chitumbo Mwali including national women champion Constance Mbatha.

Micronics and Napsa were tied in third position with 36 points each but the latter was relegated to fourth place by virtue of a weak tie break.

Daniel Jere (IM) and Women Fide Master (WFM) Epah Tembo could do little to ensure Napsa finished in a higher position.

New league entrants, Indo-Zambia finished in a deserved fifth position on the 10 team league structure with 28 points, while Little legends, a team that is comprised of players under the age of 15 years, were left bottom of the table with five points.

Meanwhile, LPCA chairperson Bwalya Chileya described the season as a success despite the association failing to secure sponsors for the league and called on companies to come on board and help in the development of the game.

Chileya said LPCA intended to increase the number of participating clubs in 2014 to 16 from the current 10.

Chileya also congratulated Phylis Mwilola for being elected the first University of Zambia chess club woman chairperson adding.

And Nkwazi chairperson Maybin Chinama said the club was now looking forward to the new challenge of defending the title next season.


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