Mudongo on Cloud Nine

| April 28, 2015

Chess star, Boikhutso Mudongo, says she is proud of her triumph at the tough Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships.

Roped in as a last minute replacement for Thapelo Francis, 36-year-old Mudongo produced impressive performances to claim the women section title from the nine-day event which ended in Malawi on Saturday (April 25). She got off to a bright start by trouncing Malawian youngster, Tupokiwe Msukwa in round-one.

After a blip in round-two saw her slump to a draw, the veteran player who holds a Women International Master (WIM) title, strung together seven consecutive victories to secure the title with 8.5 points, winning herself a cash prize of US$750 (about P7 400).

Women Fide Master (WFM) Mwango Lorita from Zambia finished closely behind with eight points.

“It was not easy because I was called up a few hours before we departed for Malawi. But I knew I had to prepare quickly, so I searched the internet while in Malawi to get information about my opponents and how they play,” Mudongo explained.

She added that the fact that she was seeded third impacted on her psychologically because it meant that there were two players who were ranked better than her. However, she said after she had beaten those top ranked players, she started to become confident of winning the tournament.

“Another challenge I faced was that I was the only player from Botswana in the ladies section. It was a battle of countries and the Zambian players were teaming up to topple me. But I fought hard to win the competition,” she added.

In the open section, budding star Thato Olebile, who was competing at the Championships for the third time finished with five points, which put him on position eight out of 22 players. Competition debutant Clifford Masole put up a battling performance to finish with 4.5 points out of nine rounds, finishing on 13th-position.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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