Zambia's Malupande Lungu is Impressive in India's Goodricke Invitational


Malupande Lungu was a virtual unknown when he arrived in Calcutta for his first international tournament. A 2nd Lieutenant in the Zambian Air Force, Lungu shocked the strong field (which included 60 masters) by beating three IMs, including Russia's Alexej Khamtagaleev (2412). He finished with a performance rating of 2338, and an even 5˝-5˝. Fellow campatriot IM Amon Simutowe (2462) finished a strong fifth with +1 after a slow start. His first round encounter with Russian GM Andrei Kharlov (2639) was exciting as it appeared that the Zambian IM had Kharlov on the ropes, but he over-reached and lost in a tense battle. He stated that it was one of the toughest tournaments yet.  The young IM would like to achieve his GM title by year's end and states he's willing to work for it.

Goodricke Invitational Tournament Site

See GM Kharlov-IM Simutowe, 1-0 and IM Khamatagaleev- Lungu, 0-1.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 4 March 2001