Airtel Chess challenge attracts 140 participants

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ABOUT 140 players, including members of the national chess team, are battling for honours with the rest in the national Airtel Chess Challenge which took off yesterday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

Lusaka Province Chess Association (LPCA) technical director Stanley Ngulube said in Lusaka yesterday that the two-day tournament has been divided into three categories for all levels of strength from Beginner to Master Level which was the Elite, Open and Children under-15.
Ngulube said his association had invited members of the national team to the event to make the Challenge more competitive especially for the beginners.

He said the Airtel Challenge was meant to reach as many players across the country as possible and was free to players under 18 years old and female players as a way of identifying and developing idle talent.

“This event has attracted 140 participants from across the country and among them are 20 elite players,” he said.

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