ZAMBIA'S chess sensations Amon Simutowe and Stanley Chumfwa have an opportunity to earn te grandmaster norm at the Olympiads in Turin, Italy next month.
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Colonel Christon Nkausu yesterday said Simutowe and Chumfwa had the capacity to do well at the event.
"This tournament presents a great opportunity for our chess players to improve their ranking," he noted.
Col Nkausu said the young female prodigy Epah Tembo also had an opportunity to improve her performance and ranking at the competition. He said other envoys at the event starting on May 19 to June 4 include Yvonne Saina, Daniel Jere and Nase Lungu.
Col Nkausu said CFZ was scouting for K96 million to send the team to the competition.
"Apart from 2004 when we failed to send a team to the Olympiads in Spain, Zambia has been a regular participant, at the moment we are ranked second in Africa," he said.
Col Nkausu said considering the magnitude of the event with former president Lewis Ncube aspiring for the FIDE vice presidency, it was important that government seconded an official to the event.