The performances of Richmond Phiri and Malembeka Chumfwa vindicate the policy decision taken two years ago by the Chess Federation of Zambia to offer automatic qualification to the African Junior Championships for the Zambian National Schools Champion.
In his maiden appearance at the Continental Junior Championships last year Richmond Phiri won the bronze medal. He has improved upon this with a silver medal this time round. Malembeka Chumfwa has emulated Phiri by winning the bronze medal is his first appearance at this year's event. The two players are definitely ones for the future.
There were also final day victories for three of the pre-tournament hopefuls; Farai Mandizha of Zimbabwe, Providence Oatlhotse of Botswana and Daniel Jere of Zambia.
The summarized top six Board results for Round 9 are as follows:-
Board 1: Amin Bassem (EGY) 1-0 Antonio Sousa (ANG)
Board 2: Craig Willenberg (RSA) 0-1 Richmond Phiri (ZAM)
Board 3: Malembeka Chumfwa (ZAM) 1-0 Jeovani Santos (ANG)
Board 4: Farai Mandizha (ZIM) 1-0 Tito Jilowa (ZAM)
Board 5: Providence Oatlhotse (BOT) 1-0 Khama Chindole (MAL)
Board 6: Nelson Morwamang (BOT) 0-1 Daniel Jere (ZAM)
The top place final standings in the Open Section are as follows:-
Amin Bassem (EGY) 8˝-˝, Richmond Phiri (ZAM) 7-2, Malembeka Chumfwa (ZAM) 6˝-3˝, Farai Mandizha (ZIM) 6-3, Providence Oatlhotse (BOT), Daniel Jere (ZAM) 5˝-3˝, Jeovani Santos 5-4, Antonio Sousa (ANG) 4˝-4˝, Tito Jilowa (ZAM), Craig Willenberg (RSA) 4-5.
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In the Girls Section Mona Khaled of Egypt also ran away with the title before the final day.
Zambia's Yvonne Saina and Botswana's Ontiretse Sabure tied for second position on 6˝ points. Sabure was awarded the silver medal on account of her points' tally not including a bye. Despite settling for the bronze medal, Saina had the satisfaction of having beaten Sabure in their head-to-head encounter.
Twelve year old Zambian chess sensation, Epah Tembo, just missed out on the medals by finishing in fourth position with 6 points.
The fourth Zambian girl, Leah Phiri, finished with a respectable 4˝ points and had the distinction of being the only player to avoid defeat at the hands of the eventual winner Mona Khaled.
The five Board results in Round 9 in the Girls Section are as follows:
Board 1: Mona Khaled (EGY) 1-0 Galaletsang Mooketsi (BOT)
Board 2: Tafadzwa Munevenyu (ZIM) 0-1 Ontiretse Sabure (BOT)
Board 3: Yvonne Saina (ZAM) 1-0 Valquiria Rocha (ANG)
Board 4: Cindy Simango (ZAM) ˝-˝ Leah Phiri (ZAM)
Board 5: Peggy Raseipei (BOT) ˝-˝ Ellen Mpinganjira (MAL)
Girls Standings after the final round: Mona Khaled (EGY) 8˝-˝, Yvonne Saina (ZAM), Ontiretse Sabure (BOT) 6˝-2˝, Epah Tembo (ZAM) 6-3, Cindy Simango (ZAM) 5-4, Valquiria Rocha (ANG), Leah Phiri (ZAM) 4˝-4˝.
CHESS FEDERATION OF ZAMBIA
LEWIS NCUBE - PRESIDENT