Zimbabwe Open chess tournament enters Day 2

The Zimbabwe Open chess tournament entered day two with top players from Zambia and Botswana offering stiff competition to local players.

Zhemba Jemusse emerged as a superpower at the last edition of the Zimbabwe Open chess tournament after sweeping aside all the opponents that he faced, but this year’s edition is turning out to be a much tougher proposition given the presence of international masters from Zambia and Botswana.

Jemusse dropped half a point after drawing with Tawanda Pondo, but it was smooth sailing for top seed Gillian Bwalya of Zambia who had a perfect score after three games.

Another International Master Providence Oathlotse of Botswana also had a perfect score after emerging victorious in his first three games of Zim Open action.

Zimbabwe Open chess tournament

In the ladies section, women Fide Master Refiloe Mudodo who claimed gold at the African Youth Chess Championships in Kenya won all three games she was involved in with top seed Christina Makwena, Melissa Zengeni and Linda Shaba also registering perfect scores.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation tournaments director Elton Mhangarayi was pleased with the level of competition that has been aided by the availability of top players from Zambia and Botswana.

The Zimbabwe Open chess tournament began in the capital yesterday (Saturday) with the tournament set to end on New Year’s Day.

Jemusse is the reigning men’s champion with Kudzanayi Chirinda, winner of last year’s competition in the ladies section.

Source – ZBC