By James Mwale
Lilongwe, October 28, 2014, Mana: Zomba based Candidate Master (CM) Chiletso Chipanga played through a thick forest of chess brains to claim the K 100 000 grand prize in the Central Region Chess League (CRCL) open tournament in Lilongwe.
The victory, according to the champion, was a critical comeback after he had just lost his title having suffered a devastating 7.5 to 3.5 defeat in a 12 round match against Lilongwe based Petros Mfune in the Paul and Mike tournament grand finale.
“That defeat against Mfune really lowered my spirits and I came here solely to prove that I am still one force to reckon with,” said Chipanga in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana).
To claim the top prize, the Candidate Master went through a tough ride of player in the likes of Alfred Chimthere and Fide Master (FM) Gerald Mphungu and managed to amass 6 points in seven games having lost only one game to Mphungu.
He however described his game against Lilongwe based Eddie Kulesi as the toughest of the seven.
The tournament which took place over the weekend attracted at least 30 contenders including two female players.
On the second position was FM Gerald Mphungu who went away with K 60 000 while Bunda College of Agriculture student Lumbani Banda claimed K 40 000 on third place.