4:35 PMThe 5th National Draughts-64 Tournament!
The 5th National Draughts-64 Tournament will be held from 20th April to 22nd April, 2019 at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka. Strongest players from all corners of Zambia will take part in the competition. Some of the notable players to participate are GMI Lukanga "Dox" Mambwe - 2016 Gold medalist in Rapid Tournament, he represented Zambia at the world Championship in 2017 and he's currently the reigning African Champion in Draughts-64. Guest player from The Democratic Republic of Congo GMI Richard Muganza Mwamba, winner of the first African Draughts-64 Championship in 2016 and in 2017 he represented his country at the World Championship in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Federation Master (FM) Elias Munkondia , winner of the Silver medal in African Championship Rapid category in 2016 and he's Zambian Champion 2017 and 2018 respectively. Experienced Federation Master (FM) Mwaaza Sakala - 2014 National Champion and the first Zambian representative at the World Championships in 2013 and 2015 will also be at the tournament to showcase his expertise on the board. Not forgetting Federation Master (FM) Kennedy Phiri - winner of the 2016 National Draughts-64 Tournament and had privilege to represent Zambia twice at the continental championships in 2016 and the year 2018.
This year's competition will be more intense and interesting as the two talented boys 12-year old William Chizewe and 17-year old Elijah Chanda commonly known as Chameleon will make their debut in the tournament.
William Chizewe Elijah "Chameleon" Chanda
In a Swiss System Tournament of nine (9) Rounds the new champion will be determined and the new national team to represent Zambia at the 2019 World Championship will be selected! The Tournament System to be used is Swiss and time allotted on each side of the clock is 30 minutes. Two (2) games between players - winners always win with 2-0 and draw is 1-1. Three days on which a player meets nine (9) opponents.The draughts version to be used is Russian. The best top 5 players qualify to the World Championship slated for September/October 2019 and will walk away with cash prizes.
The Tournament has just started, see updates for each round here
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