chess diagram.jpgZambia’s Kennedy Katowa has won the Zimbabwe Open Chess Tournament which ended this Tuesday in Harare, forcing local champion Robert Gwaze to settle for second position.

Katowa had eight points after managing seven wins and two draws, while Zimbabwe’s Gwaze scored 7.5 points from nine rounds to become second.

Gwaze won the first six rounds before a temporary set back when he lost to his fellow Zimbabwean Emarald Mushore in the seventh round.

He however regained momentum when he won in the eighth round and drew with Zambia’s Katowa in the last round.

Zimbabwe’s duo of Rodwell Makoto and Emarald Mushore, together with Zambia’s trio of Judah Simulundu, Chitambo Mwali and Thomas Zulu also settled for second position.

The Zimbabwe Chess Open Tournament kicked off from the 31st of December last year to the 3rd of January this year.

It also featured players from South Africa and Zambia.