By Duncan Kaonga
Team Captain for Malawi says his charges are ready to battle it out in the inaugural International Chess Federation (FIDE) online Chess Olympiad.
The event is FIDE’s response to the postponement of the traditional Chess Olympiad which was planned take place in Russia in August this year involving more than three thousand participants.
Speaking in an interview with Akometsi, Malawi team Captain, Francisco Mwangupili said they have not left any stone unturned in their quest to perform well in the tournament.
“Our training was were intense and am sure we will perform, I believe with the team we have we are capable of making it big because it is consisting of the best in the country,” said Mwangupili
In her remarks one of the players, Anne Simwaba said she is prepared but was cautious about network hiccups.
“I am ready, we were having tournaments which have been keeping us in shape but my worry is we face alot of challenges when we are online which am afraid can affect our performance during the tournament,” said Simwaba
The Malawi team will be represented by the country’s number 1, Joseph Mwale, Petros Mfune, Francisco Mwangupili, Susan Namangale, George Mwale, Precious Kamwendo, Caroline Trapence, Praise Kalambo, Charity Tadeyo, Tapiwa Banda, Ellen Mpinganjira, Gilton Mkumbwa and Tupochele Mlanjira.
Teams from 163 countries will battle over a virtual chessboard to win the first ever Online Chess Olympiad, each team will consist of six players I a mixed format with a minimum of three female players and two junior players.
The tournament kicked off on 24 July 2020 and the Malawi team will join on 31 July with the tournament expected to end on 30 August this year.