Zhemba, Chirinda crowned Minerva Zimbabwe Open Chess champions

By Shelly Guni

Namibia-based chess champion Jemusse Zhemba was crowned the 2023 Edition of the Minerva International Chess Open champions after securing 7.5 points during the tournament which kicked off on Thursday.

And for his exploits, Zhemba walked home USD1 300 richer.

The tournament was held at Joina City in Harare and attracted a number of international players.

Zhemba shrug of competition from Zambians Gillian Mwale, Douglas Munenga, Michael Kaoma and Joseph Mwale in the men’s category.

Commenting on the win, Zhemba could not hide his joy but also admitted how tough the competition was.

“I am happy with the win. It was a difficult one but I managed to win it,” he said.

With a lot of Zambians taking part and filling in most of the top spots, Malawi’s Joseph Mwale finished sixth while Roy Mwadzura completed the top seven.

Kudzanayi Charinda emerged winner in the Women’s quota and received USD1 000 cash.

Charinda, who was the defending champion in the women’s category, managed 7,5 points.

She was crowned ahead of Rafiloe Mudodo and Nomalungile Mathe.

Charinda was excited about the win.

“The competition was tough and, considering I last played competitively last year, I am pleased with this win.

“There were lots of good players this year and the improvement has been massive,” said Charinda.

South Africa’s Anzel Laubscher and Zambia’s Naomi Mwale were fourth and fifth. Andre Sitoe of Mozambique was sixth while Christine Makwena completed the top seven.

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