THE Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) requires US $88,000 (K390 million) to send players to seven international tournaments this year. CFZ president Lewis Ncube said at the weekend they had drawn up a full budget for the tournaments in and out of Africa.
The first international assignment is the Goodrich Open championship which takes place March 17 to 27 in Calcutta, India. Ncube said the total budget for the Goodrich is pegged at US $10,000 (K44 million). "We are still looking for sponsors for the four players who will take part and we are confident we will manage in time to send them," said Ncube. The four who will take part in the Goodrich championship are Malupande Lungu, Stanley Chumfwa, Nase Lungu, and Daniel Jere. The next tournament will be the Tata Open and the Golden Cleopatra which are rated tournaments billed for April and May in Egypt. Ncube said they will be hoping to expose one or two junior players.
The 2002 Africa Junior championship takes place in Gaberone, Botswana in June and some Zambian players are expected to take part. Ncube said they were hoping to send a team of juniors for the South Africa Open championship in July, so as to prepare them for the Children's Olympiads which will take place in July and August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CFZ will also send a number of players to the World Junior championships which will take place in Armenia from October 27 to November 13. Ncube later revealed that after successfully hosting last year's Africa Junior championship in Lusaka, CFZ had been asked to host the 2003 event.
"We will be making consultations on hosting next year's Africa Junior, preparations have to begin now for us to improve on last year's short comings," said Ncube.
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Posted by The Chess Drum: 27 February 2002