09:56, Sunday, 16th April, 2017

Easter Sunday sees the Zimbabwe Easter Open reach the half way mark with rounds 5 and 6 scheduled to be completed today. The top seeds are yet to meet but are all still in contention near the top of the table.

At the end of round 4, IM Chitumbo Mwali from Zambia shared the lead on 3.5/4 with unrated Vitalis Mapuranga and 8th seed, Kudakwashe Sibanda from Zimbabwe. IM's Rodwell Makoto and Stanley Chumfu were both lurking half a point back on 3/4.

The prestige section attracted a total of 46 players while the open section has attracted a field in excess of 150! The large number of juniors in the open section definitely bodes well for the next generation of chess players in Zimbabwe.

Latest standings and results from Zimbabwe are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr269195.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821

The weekend also sees another strong event taking place in Cape Town in the form of the Steinitz Cape Town International. GM Sahaj Grover currently leads this event with a perfect score of 4/4 and is looking tough to stop having won the blitz event on Thursday with a perfect 7/7.

Sahaj faces Kenneth Willenberg in round 5, the only player still within a half point of the lead. Results from Steinitz can be tracked at http://chess-results.com/tnr274937.aspx?lan=1