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Chess, Draught Associations embrace online tournaments amid Covid-19

Some local sports disciplines are revealing plans to prioritise digital platforms to organize competitions and other events in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chess Association of Malawi-CHESSAM is one of such disciplines as it has promised to continue with online events having pioneered such last year.

CHESSAM was the only association that managed to remained vibrant through online platforms amid the Covid 19 induced restrictions.

Last year, the government suspended public gatherings due to Covid-19 and this meant no activities in the sports arena.

However, CHESSAM managed to hold tournaments online, ensuring continuity of their events in the 2020 Chess calendar.

Namangale-will continue with the online tournaments

“Initially, we have come up with a calendar for 6 months, which is actually going to be reviewed every month depending on the situation but basically our plan is that we will continue with the online tournaments,” emphasized Susan Namangale who is the CHESSAM President.

Last year, CHESSAM introduced a monthly online tournament in a bid to keep its members active during the time the country had suspended all sporting events due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The tournaments were being sponsored by Mybucks Bank.

12 chess local players also participated in the 2020 Online Chess Olympiad that had attracted over 150 countries across the world.

On the other hand, the Draughts Association of Malawi has organized the first ever tournament for the year 2021 which is started on Thursday, and is set to run until Sunday.

According to the association’s General Secretary, Suzgo Nkhoma, the 4 day online competition has attracted 40 participants.

Nkoma has revealed that registration has already been done in the K100 000 competition.

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“Apart from that, we are also having an online national championship early next month, and in April we will also have another one. With the covid-19 case, I think it is good that we prioritise the online competitions.” Nkhoma added.

Just like any other social gathering, sporting events remain suspended in the country as a preventive measure for the virus.

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