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FUNGAI TOP-PLACED SWAZI IN CHESS OPEN TOURNEY

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MBABANE – Fungai Matahwa emerged as top placed local player in the Chess Blitz event staged at St Michael’s School.

The open section title came down to the wire and was eventually shared between CM Musa Simutowe from Zambia and Joseph Mwale of Malawi. Both scored an impressive 5.5/6 to earn a share of the winner’s spoils. CM Donaldo Paiva from Mozambique beat his compatriot Milton Botoa in the 6th and final round to end on 5/6 and secure third place on his own. The same four players were to feature prominently in the blitz event as well. In this case, it was CM Musa Simutowe and CM Donaldo Paiva who came out on top however.

Both scored 6/7 to edge out Joseph and Milton who ended in a tie for third place with 5.5/7 each. The top-placed Swazi player in the open section was the consistent Fungai who has also featured prominently in the Phela Live tournament held last year. The blitz event also unearthed a new local talent in the form of Keith Dube who recorded an excellent 5/7 to end in fifth place overall in this section. Keith is currently unrated but has immediately established himself as a player to look out for in the future. The development section was played in parallel with the main event and featured 20 local emerging players. In this section, Simphiwe Dlamini and Fakudze Nduduzo shared first place with 5/6 each.

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