VETERAN chess player Spencer Masango lifted the Bulawayo leg of the Zimbabwe Chess Federation National Grand Prix Series played at Evelyn High School in Bulawayo at the weekend.Report by Sports Reporter
The South Africa-based player took the title ahead of favourites, International Master Robert Gwaze and Lloyd Moyo.
All three players had finished tied on a score of six points from seven rounds of play, but Masango beat Moyo and Gwaze on a superior tiebreak score.
Gwaze lost to Moyo in round five while Masango had beaten Moyo in the fourth round, which ensured the latter claimed victory and 20 grand prix points on offer.
Moyo, on the other hand, claimed 19 grand prix points while Gwaze claimed 18 points to take his total points tally to 58 points. Gwaze won the previous two legs of the National Grand Prix Series in Gweru and Masvingo.
Local chess players will now shift their attention to the fifth and final leg of the grand prix; the Harare Grand Prix which has been slated for next month.
Masango’s win in Bulawayo leaves the battle for top honours still very wide open despite Gwaze’s seemingly unassailable lead.
Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Colleta Wakuruwarewa claimed a double at the weekend after emerging as the top-placed female player while also claiming the honours for finishing as the best scholar on 3,5 points.