ZAMBIAN chess star Gillan Bwalya has maintained his narrow lead at the 2015 Cape Town Classic tournament after winning his round five game to keep his perfect run and to be on five points.
He is also in line for a rare perfect-seven and stands one point clear of his two closest opponents in Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe and Watu Kobese of South Africa.
Bwalya, who last year missed the game of chess as he was undergoing police training courtesy of his club Nkwazi, will look to seal the tournament win with just a win from the next two rounds.
He, in the next two closing rounds, will actually be playing Makoto and Kobese to achieve his feat.
After winning the four opening games on the trot, Bwalya defeated fellow Zambian Musatwe Simutowe in the fifth round to move closer to the title.
Musatwe, the older brother of legend Amon Simutowe, has had a rough tournament where he only has two points from the five games which he got after beating Klaasen Calvin Jong of South Africa and Zimbabwean Spencer Masango in rounds one and four respectively.
Musatwe in the next two rounds plays South African Candidate Master (CM) Maxwell Solomon and then Makoto.
By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA –