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Kamowa is Lab Chess 2nd Edition champion
October 11, 2011

After almost a year in oblivion, James Kamowa returned to the limelight on 9th October 2011 at the College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre where he outclassed a 12-member group of local chess heavyweights to win the second edition title of the Lab Enterprises Chess Championships.

With 4.5 points from six games during the two-day finals, Kamowa did not only manage to win the Lab chess crown for the fifth time since 2007, but also prevented Alfred Chimthere from becoming the first player to defend the men's A category title in the last five events.

Former champions Kajani Kaunda, Chuma Mwale, Gerald Mphungu and Chimthere accumulated four points each, but after a buccholz tie-breaker, the four shared the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Other prominent players Joseph Mwale, Joseph Nyambalo and candidate master Chiletso Chipanga found this particular contest a hard nut to crack as they were thrown to the undesirable sixth, seventh and ninth positions in that order.

"I think this, is my best achievement ever. The competition was extremely tough and emerging a winner among such good players is quite satisfying," said Kamowa.

Raymond Chitedze won the men's B category with five points while John Mkumba and Shadreck Mhone amassed four points each to take the second and third slots respectively. Vitumbiko Gondwe won the accolade in the ladies section with six points followed by former champion Ellen Mpinganjira [five points] and Caroline Mwale [four points].

Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairperson Susan Namangale and Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) honorary member Joseph Chalemba thanked Lab Enterprises for the support since 2007.

The company's representative Chancy Mangata hinted that the sponsorship might be increased next year.

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Chuma Mwale leads Lab Chess qualifiers
August 30, 2011

After a two-year poor form, Chuma Mwale regained his winning formula during the two-day Southern Region second edition qualifiers of the 2011 Lab Enterprises Individual Chess Championships at the College of Medicine (CoM) on 28th August 2011.

He led the 10-member pack of the men's A category into the finals.

The 21-year-old accumulated 5.5 points after winning five of his six matches and drew once against his runner-up, former national champion Kajani Kaunda who finished with 4 points in the 40-player contest.

Kaunda had the same points as Joseph Nyambalo, Charles Chiwaya, Gerald Mphungu, Mayamiko Pemba, Chiletso Chipanga and James Kamowa, who emerged third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. But Kaunda's superiority came through a buccholz tiebreaker. Allan Mambulasa and Makhosi Nyirenda completed the list with 3.5 points each.

But for Mwale, the seat of the contest is a clear sign that his title drought is finally coming to an end.

"It has been a while since I tasted the great feeling of winning a competition. During these two days, I managed to beat great players and I am determined to maintain this winning streak as the finals begin in the next two weeks," said Mwale.

In men's B category, Festus Kayenda went on top with 5 points, the same as second-placed Raymond Phiri. Francis Nyasulu and John Nkumba reked 4.5 points each to respectively share the third and fourth points.

Shadreck Mhone, Nedson Mhone, Mphatso Nyirenda, Diston Chosaine, Gift Kavule and Howard Kumitawa completed the list of qualified players into the finals.

Qualifiers in the Central and Northern regions are expected to be held this weekend, according to Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairperson Mess Leagae Susan female players have automatically made it to the finals.

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