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Chess Federation Appeals for Support Ahead of 45th Chess Olympiad 

The Chess Federation of Zambia has issued a plea for increased support in preparation for the upcoming 45th Chess Olympiad scheduled to take place in Hungary this September.

Bonface Mumba, the Federation’s Disciplinary Chairperson, expressed gratitude to The Urban Hotel Group Lusaka for their sponsorship of the Chess Cage Match event slated for April 13 and 14, 2024, at The Urban Hotel in Lusaka. The event aims to generate momentum and raise awareness for the Olympiad.

The Cage Match will feature a showdown between six-time Zambia National Chess Champion and International Master, Andrew Kayonde, and FIDE Master, Prince Daniel Mulenga, one of the top five Chess players in Zambia.

Mumba highlighted Zambia’s success at the African Continental level, citing International Master Chitumbo Mwali’s recent Bronze Medal win as evidence of the country’s prowess in the sport.

“Chess has a profound impact on critical thinking, analysis, and life dynamics,” Mumba remarked. “The Chess Federation provides a platform for young players to develop these skills.”

He emphasized President Commissioner Leslie Chikuse’s advocacy for promoting Chess as an income-generating sport to support players and their families.

Looking ahead to the Olympiad, Mumba stressed the importance of securing substantial budgetary support from various partners. He underscored the correlation between adequate preparation and successful outcomes in sports.

Mumba also highlighted Zambia’s potential to produce more Chess Grand Masters with the right support, citing Amon Simutowe as the first Black Grand Master from Southern Africa.

Angela Nambela, Group Sales and Marketing Manager of The Urban Hotel Lusaka, expressed the hotel’s commitment to supporting youth and the girl child through initiatives like the Chess Cage Match. The hotel will provide sponsorship for accommodation, host the event, and offer free meals for Chess players.

“We encourage everyone to attend the event at our 75-bedroom facility,” Nambela stated, emphasizing the hotel’s dedication to its corporate social responsibility.

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