ZAMBIA has improved its chess World ranking with the men’s team moving up 19 places to 64th from the initial 83rd.
And the women team have moved to 74th position from the previous 90 after their recent participation at the World Chess Olympiad tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Ericho Nshikokola was impressed by Zambia’s improved ranking under difficult circumstances.
“The Zambia national chess teams, both the men and women team have done us proud. In the Africa category at the Olympiad which ended today, the men’s team finished on joint first with Egypt at 12 points apiece but the later beat Zambia to second position on a tie break.
The women team was joint second in Africa at 11 points with Algeria and South Africa. Egypt is first with 12 points,” he explained.
He said the performance of the national teams at the World Championship had tremendously continued to improve Zambia’s ranking.
“The men’s team has improved from the initial 83 position to 64 in the world while the women are now placed on 74th from 90. Iam very impressed with this great performance under difficult circumstances. I simply dedicate this achievement to President Edgar Lungu and the entire Zambians,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a wrap up round 11 in Baku, the men’s team beat Mauritius 4-0 while the ladies humbled Elsavado with the same margin.
The World Chess Olympiad started on September 4 and ended yesterday.