Mlawa wins national chess championship

31Jan 2017
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mlawa wins national chess championship

HEMED Mlawa was on Sunday crowned as Tanzania’s chess champion after scoring eight points in this year’s national championship held in Dar es Salaam.

Chess players in action during a recent tournament in Dar es Salaam.

The two-week event, which involved 10 players that locked horns in round robin format, took place from January 20.
Emmanuel Mwaisumbe took the second position in the event after registering 6.5 points, whereas the first domestic Candidate Master, Yusufu Mdoe, finished third with 5.5 points.

The participating players had secured a place in the tournament after having excelled in a qualifying event organized by Tanzania Chess Association (TCA) and took place at Don Bosco youth centre in the city at the end of last year.
All players, who competed in the championship, received cash prize from sponsors, Spice Net, with the top three winners also receiving trophies.

TCA secretary general, Nurdin Hassuji, described the championship as very successful and well organized.
“This was one of the strongest tournaments as all qualified players, who are the best in country, played each other in round robin format with time control of 90 min for first 40 moves and extra 30 minutes plus 30 sec increment from move 1. It was a good tournament and we thank sponsors for this,” he said.

Geoffrey Mwanyika, Emmanuel Mwaisumbe, Mbwana Kojama, Mussa Mangula, Sunday Manara, Godlove Kimaro, Athumani Shiza and Hassuji completed the list of the participating players in the tournament.

Hassuji said the tournament’s chief arbiter was FIDE Arbiter (FA) Vinay Choudary, who was assisted by FA Paras Gutka from Kenya.
Hassuji said after having successfully supervised the tournament, Choudary has earned his last International Arbiter title norm and the latter can apply for a new title from the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

Manara, speaking on behalf of fellow players, thanked Choudary, who is also the managing director of Spice Net, for being in the forefront of promotion of chess in the country.

He said under the support of the company, chess has grown tremendously and the country has managed to have 25 FIDE-rated chess players and also competed in many international events that included two Olympiads.
He also hailed Choudary for seeing to it that the sport is played in schools across the country