By YVONNE SAKALA –
INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Daniel Jere got back to winning ways at the ongoing Capablanca IM Norm chess tournament in South Africa beating Nigeria’s Fide Master (FM) Daniel Anwuli to get back to the top of the log.
This win pushed Jere to five points from seven rounds and it is good recovery after he drew his sixth round against South African IM Donavan Van Den Heever.
Meanwhile, IM Richmond Phiri posted two consecutive draws against South Africa’s Fide Master Calvin Klaasen in his sixth round and then to Botswana’s IM Providence Oatlhotse in his round seven game.
With the two draws, Phiri earns himself a second placed position on the ranking on 4.5 points.
Another Zambian at the tournament in Chitumbo Mwali picked up a win in his round-six game against Nigerian Anwuli but lost his seventh round match to South African Heever to land in fourth position on four points.
In other games, Zambian champion Andrew Kayonde won his game against South Africa’s Dennis Ovcina in round six, before losing his seventh round tie at the hands of Donavan Van Den Heever to settle on the sixth position on 3.5 points.
In round-eight, it will be an all Zambian affair with Jere paired with Mwali while Kayonde would face off with Nigeria’s Anwuli with Phiri taking on Dennis Ovcina.
The competition will come to a close today with the winner of the tournament being crowned IM Norm that counts towards becoming a Grandmaster.