It is resting day in Zambia where the Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships are ongoing.
An exploring opportunity for foreign players as they look to shake off board fatigue, but most importantly, an opportunity for everyone to fully plan for their next opponents.
Thursday will see players return on board with special interest put on the first two boards in the sixth round as are most likely to be the deciding games.
Board one awaits a noxious battle between current Open leader, Grandmaster Solomon Kenny and International Master Andrew Kayonde. It’s a fight that’s expected to thrill the spectators and last for so long, as Kayonde seeks to end Kenny’s perfect run at the competition while the GM will look to continue with fantastic run.
The South African Grandmaster boasts of five wins. He is the only player with maximum points having won all his first five games. Kayonde on the other hand drew a couple of his games, and a repeat of that or defeat against his direct rival would put him off the number spot.
Hoping to keep the top two in check will be Kayonde’s compatriots IM Mwali Chitumbo and Candidate Master Musatwe Simutowe. The two are each on four points and face off on board two.
One of them has a chance to go joint top with victory if Kayonde successfully escapes the GM’s bullets.
Other selected games include IM Daniel Cawdery against untitled Jemusse Zhemba on board three and IM Stanley Chumfwa vs IM Daniel Jere as well as Richmond Phiri against Zimbabwean Spencer Masango.