Kelvin Chumfwa wins the Zimbabwe Open Chess Championship

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KELVIN Chumfwa (right)

INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Kelvin Chumfwa started the year on a high, winning the Zimbabwe Open Chess Championship that was dominated by Zambians.

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Chumfwa, however, had it rough as he finished tied on 9.5 points with fellow Zambian Richmond Phiri but emerged champion on head-to-head as the duo shared the US$1,600 (about K9,000).

Chitumbo Mwali, also an IM, was third on nine points to get $800 (about K4,400) with Castro Sibande restoring some pride for the host nation finishing fourth on eight points.

Sibande pocketed $350 along with five other players that finished fourth. These included Zambia’s Gillian Bwalya and Bright Muyenga, Mufaro Mangono, Daniel Jere (IM) and Juda Simulundu.

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 Zhemba Jemusse, James Dimba, Farai Janyure, Bismark Bhobhojani, Kela Kaulule, Godwin Phiri, Munashe Ziome, Providence Oatlhotse and Rodwel Makoto who all got USS $20 (about K112).

Meanwhile, Epah Tembo pocketed US$400 (about K2,200) for finishing the tournament as the women best player having competed in the combined category managing 7.5 points.

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