Army Secondary School pupils lit up St. Andrew’s International High School hall in Blantyre with extraordinary performance during the Southern Region Chess League’s (SRCL) final qualifiers for the Presidential Schools Chess Championships last weekend.
At least 28 boys and 18 girls from Army Secondary School, Michiru View, Radson Pvt, Rose Garden Pvt, Chisapi Pvt, Kalibu Academy, Bedir Boys, Jacaranda Secondary School, Chichiri, Namiwawa and Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) battled it out in the five-round qualifiers but it was pupils from the Army school that took most slots in the national finals scheduled for June 13.
In the senior girls section, the top four positions went to the school’s Tendai Simwaka, Favour Tayali, Sharon Khonje and Efrida Banda. Chimango Mtekateka of Michiru View and Chisapi’s Rebecca Kaunda took positions five and six, respectively, to complete the list of qualified girls for the national show down.
In the senior boys category, Army Secondary School took all but one top six slots as Ernest Moroka, Noti Chipinga, Kelvin Chipeta, Katuma Alick and Harold Chasowa finished on positions one, two, three, five and six, respectively. The school only missed position four, which went to Michiru View’s All Curtis Libamba.
However, although the competition seemed to be a one-sided affair, SRCL schools coordinator Margaret Ngugama said they have noticed a tremendous overall improvement of skills.
“Chess is improving greatly in our region as evidenced by the great quality of games that we witnessed during both the initial and the final qualifiers”.