A recent article from the Zambian Daily Mail states that International Master Amon Simutowe has withdrawn his participation from the 2007 All-Africa Games due to disagreement on conditions with the Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ).
“I regret I will not participate in the All-Africa Games. I had requested my travel arrangements to be arranged by 18th June because I will not have time to take part in the visa process and other travel arrangements as I will be taking part in the World Open Championship. I got a response two days later than requested and it only addressed some of my concerns.”
Amon Simutowe has set a schedule of events in quest of the GM title and stated that he needed to have travel confirmation. He also asked for a stipend. The article reports another concern stating that Simutowe was promised prize money for winning medals in the 2003 All-Africa Games. These prizes were never awarded. When Simutowe asked about the prize contingency in the 2007 All Africa Games, he claims his question was not answered.
Two months ago, the Zambian Post and Daily Mail ran stories about another dispute over the lack of support for Simutowe’s GM quest. The issue became acute when mutal accusations were thrown back and forth (see Drum Brief). Reading these stories can make one despondent about Africa’s chess future. Where will it end??
Read Stephen Phiri’s article here!