Bwalya Gillian gets K10, 000 in ZOCC

COPPERBELT based Gillian Bwalya scooped the K10, 000 first prize after being crowned the 2014 Zambia Open chess champion.

Gillian finished with 9 points in the 11th round in the tough contest which started on Thursday last week at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.

Mwali Chitumbo walked away with K8, 000 while Stanley Chumfwa with K6, 000 and Munenga Douglas with K4, 000 after they finished second, third and fourth respectively.

The tournament which was supposed to have attracted participants from several African counties, only had Zambian players from different parts of the country.    The Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) had dangled the K10, 000 top prize for the 2014 championship, making it the richest chess event in the country. The winner in the women category walked away with K5, 000. Other participants included Jackson Chansa, Linus Katebe and Thomas Zulu who finished with 8 points each on the sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively.

And Prince Mulenga, Daniel Jere and Andrew Kayonde finished with 7.5 points each on tenth, eleventh and twelfth positions respectively.