ZAMBIAN chess players Nase Lungu and Daniel Jere assumed the second position with six points each at the on-going Golden Cleopatra tournament in Egypt.
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Lewis Ncube said yesterday the other two Zambians at the tournament Stanley Chumfwa and Joseph Phiri got five and a half points each. In round nine on Monday, Lungu drew against Ukrainian International Master Mihail Kopylov, while Jere checked 29th seed Saad Apea of Egypt. However, Chumfwa lost to Abdel Rahman el Kabi of the host nation and Phiri was on bye and got half point.
In round 10 Lungu drew against Hungarian IM Oleg Boricsev, Chumfwa lost to Egyptian IM Eib Mahmoud Abouel Zein and Jere lost to Mohned Ezat. Phiri drew in his 10th round to Nabil Kamel. In the 11th and final round last night Lungu was up against Tawsek Mahby of Ukraine and Jere clashed against Mihail. Chumfwa played Mohammed Elahl and Phiri was pitted against Ukrainian Lyubov Kopylova.
The leading players at the tournament amassed seven and a half points. The Zambian players are expected back on Friday.
Correction: The actual scores are were Lungu, 7; Phiri, 6½; Chumfwa, 6½; Jere, 6. The tournament was won by GM Sergei Tiviakov with 8½ points. South Africa's Watu Kobese had 7½. See crosstable.
Posted by The Chess Drum: 19 April 2002