ZAMBIAN chess player Malupande Lungu has pledged to do his best at next month's annual Goodrich Open championship to take place in Calcutta, India. In an interview yesterday said he would try and improve his performance at last year's tournament.
"I hope to do better than last time, I am working on it, I hope to do my best," said Lungu. At last year's tournament Lungu finished with 5.5 points out of 11 rounds and gained his 2338 FIDE ranking, while International Master Amon Simutowe finished with six points. "The only problem is that I take part in a tournament after a long time, but that should not be used as an excuse," he said.
Lungu, Stanley Chumfwa, Nase Lungu and Daniel Jere would represent the country at the tournament. Chumfwa also said he was confident of reaping good results from the tournament. "I am preparing very hard and I am confident of bringing good results."
He later urged companies to help the players meet their travel and accommodation costs.
Goodricke International's official website
Posted by The Chess Drum: 14 February 2002