Zambia withdraws from African Chess Championships

Chess Federation of Zambia

ZAMBIAN chess players will not compete at the 2013 African Chess Championships starting in Tunisia tomorrow after the Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) failed to raise funds for the outing.
The tournament gets underway tomorrow and ends on May 18 in Tunis.
“Unfortunately, the team is not going. We have not managed to get sponsors for the team to travel,” federation secretary Chanda Nsakanya said yesterday.
International Master (IM) Daniel Jere, Andrew Kayonde, Epah Tembo and Lorita Mwango were expected to play at the tournament.
But Nsakanya said the federation is making arrangements to send the players for a tournament in Tanzania.
Earlier, Zambian chess champion Gillan Bwalya pulled out of the team that was scheduled to travel to Tunisia.
Bwalya has had an intensive three weeks after playing in successive tournaments in South Africa and Botswana and has decided to take a rest.
The Zambian finished third at the Capablanca Open Prestige IM Championships in South Africa last month before he travelled to Botswana early this month for the Zone 4.3 tournament where he qualified for the 2013 Chess World Cup.