GERSHOM Musende was on Tuesday crowned Zambia Closed chess champion in Kitwe.
It took a tie-breaker, Buchholz to separate Musende and Stanley Chumfwa who both led the table with nine points after 11 rounds. Musende who has a rating of 2184 beat Christopher Chileshe in his 11th round, while Chumfwa (2245) drew with Tizenge Mbambara in what was described as the most exciting game of the three-day tournament.
In the third position was Nase Lungu, the 2001 champion who drew with Daniel Jere in his last round.
It also took a tie-breaker to separate Lungu and William Kolomwe, who both amassed eight and a half points. In his last round Kolomwe beat Robbie Kameya. Musatwe Simutowe settled for the fifth position with a total of eight points after he drew with Vernon Muma.
Simutowe was joint on eight points with Leslie Chikuse, Jere, Mbambara, Aaron Banda, Muma and Steven Mukupa. A total of 144 players took part in the tournament held at Vituous Restaurant in Kitwe.