THE battle for the K10 000 top prize in the 2014 Zambia Open chess championship comes to an end tomorrow with most Copperbelt- based players topping the sheet.
Bwalya Gillian, Mpundu Frank and Mwali Chitumbo finished tops with four points each on Thursday in the fourth round.
The championship, which started on Wednesday, is expected to come to an end tomorrow after some punishing 11 rounds at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Today, the players are fighting to maximize points in the 7 and 8th round. Yesterday they competed in the 5 and 6th round.
And tomorrow they battle it out in the 9, 10 and 11th round to try and clinch the K10 000 grand prize.
The Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) tournaments secretary Aaron Banda announced that the federation had pumped in K10 000 top prize for the 2014 Zambia Open chess championship, making it the richest chess event in the country.
The runner-up is expected to walk away with K8,000 while the third and fourth place finishers will earn K6,000 and K4, 000 respectively with the women’s winner set to pocket K5 000.
Banda said CFZ had invited all zones in Zambia and other federations to the 2014 Zambia Open.
But other countries failed to show up for the international event which is also recognised on the federation’s calendar