Chess Federation of Zambia seeks corporate support

Chess Federation of Zambia

THE Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) is looking at ways of forging partnerships with corporate organisations in a bid to further improve the sport.
The federation believes a partnership with the business community would help Zambia host tournaments regularly and thus enhance competition which is key to improving the game.
CFZ president, Yohane Mukabe, said the federation is looking at tying relationships with the business community.
“We will continue to work with the all the stakeholders to improve the sport,” he said at the close of the national chess festival at Henry Courtyard in Mansa on Monday.
The chess festival in Mansa involved the National Individual, National Ladies Individual and the Zambia Closed Invitation championships from March 28 to April 1.
Mukabe said it is important that the chess community is kept active by regularly playing in tournaments and the best way to achieve this is by having the corporate world help sponsor the events.
Henry Courtyard proprietor Chitalu Chilufya, who sponsored the weekend championships, is delighted to have been part of the chess festival.
Chilufya, a former national chess champion, pledged to continue sponsoring the championships annually.
He appealed to former chess players who have detached themselves from the sport to commit some of their time and resources to helping revive the sport.
Chilufya said Henry Courtyard will try and work closely with Government to promote chess in schools.
“Schools is where you can identify talent and we are going to work with the government to take chess in schools and help promote the game,” he said.
Gillan Bwalya was crowned the national champion after winning the National Individual champion while Constance Mbatha claimed the women’s title.
Tebby Swatu won the Zambia Closed Invitation championship that also had three players from Malawi.


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