ZAMBIA'S Stanley Chumfwa scooped the 2003 South Africa Open chess championship at St. Georges Hotel in Pretoria on Saturday evening.
Chumfwa becomes the second Zambian to win the championship after International Master Amon Simutowe won it in 2000. Chumfwa finished with 10.5 points out of 11 rounds.
In his last round on Saturday, he checked Zimbabwean IM Kudzanai Mamombe. In the second place was tournament top seed Kenny Solomon of South Africa who trailed Chumfwa on 10 points. Solomon beat Botswana's Mosenya in his final round.
Chess Federation of Zambia president Lewis Ncube said Chumfwa's victory was a testimony of Zambia's dominance in the region. "We are very proud, Stanley has proved that we are still a force to reckon with," Ncube said.
The championship attracted a total of 173 participants including top players from the region.
Chess South Africa website
Posted by The Chess Drum: 15 July 2003