By Mphatso Sam:
Chess Association of Malawi (CHESSAM) has amended its constitutional and reviewed the Chess National Team performance for the past two years, Chessam President, Susan Namangale disclosed.
The disclosure was made at the Chessam first ever extraordinary general meeting recently as all its members in the southern, central and northern regions were in attendance.
She said the sports organization was determined to improve performance of the national team hence reviewing the national teams performance to ensure chess one of the Malawis major sports.
“Its the first time that Chessam and its affiliates hosted a virtual extraordinary general meeting and we have plans to take chess to every district in the country such that we discussed how to implement this plan,” Namangale said, adding that the meeting discussed how the Covid-19 pandemic affected chess.
In June, Malawi Chess National Team participated in the first ever International Chess Federation (FIDE) Online Olympiad Campaign where 12 players represented the country at the world chess tournament that attracted 1,500 players from 163 countries.
The tournament, which was expected to take place in Russia in September, 2020, was held virtually as the World Chess Federation.
The World Chess Federation observed social/physical distancing guidelines amid Covi-19 pandemic.
South Africa-based Fide Master, Joseph Mwale, who has a Standard International Chess Federation (FIDE) rating of 2, 159, won the inaugural Africa Individual Online Chess championship in May this year while Candidate Master, Chiletso Chipanga won the Africa Amateur Chess championship in 2018.
Malawi News Agency-MANA