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Chess body picks 6 players

THE Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) is to select 6 national team players to represent Zambia in various tournaments on the calendar this year.

Speaking from the sidelines of the tournament, which started on started on Saturday, at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) , CFZ tournaments director Aaron Banda said international masters, Andrew Kayonde and Stanley Chumfwa, had been exempted as automatic entries due to their past performance.

He said that in the ladies section US-based international master Eppah Tembo and national Champion Lorita Mwango had also been exempted and given automatic entry.

”In the open section  we have exempted international master Andrew Kayombe and Stanely Chumfwa looking at their past performance; we decided to make them as automatic entries to the national team,”

Banda further said that by the end of the tournament on Tuesday, his federation would have picked and selected the best 3 from each category to compete in the zone 4.3 in Madagascar next month which would also act as a competition for a place at the World Cup in Russia in October this year.

He said that his team would also be competing at the Africa individual slated for Uganda in May this year as well as the All Africa Games to be held in Morocco in July.

Banda stressed that the national team selection process was the final phase for the year hence the stiff competition from all the participating members.

He said that in the ladies section US-based international master Eppah Tembo and national Champion Lorita Mwango had also been exempted and given automatic entry.

‘’In the open section  we have exempted international master Andrew Kayombe and Stanely Chumfwa looking at their past performance; we decided to make them as automatic entries to the national team,”

Banda further said that by the end of the tournament on Tuesday, his federation would have picked and selected the best 3 from each category to compete in the zone 4.3 in Madagascar next month which would also act as a competition for a place at the World Cup in Russia in October this year.

He said that his team would also be competing at the Africa individual slated for Uganda in May this year as well as the All Africa Games to be held in Morocco in July.

Banda stressed that the national team selection process was the final phase for the year hence the stiff competition from all the participating members.

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