10:09, Sunday, 26th November, 2017

The 2017 Swazi Open is currently also under way at the St Juliana Conference Centre in Manzini, Swaziland.

The event has attracted a record number of visiting federations (8) and see players from Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Botswana participating.

The tournament includes a 6 round FIDE Rated Classical Section, a development section, and a 7 Round FIDE Rated Blitz.

At the end of round 5, Zambia's CM Musa Simutowe and Malawian number 1 Joseph Mwale are tied at the top with 4.5/5 each.

Musa will be facing off against Richard Mbedza on board 1 in the final round while Joseph has the tough task of winning with black against Zimbabwe's Elisha Chimbamu. Board 3 will see a clash between the Mozambique duo of Donaldo Paiva and Milton Botao with both needing a win to end amongst the top prizes.

Results and final round pairings are available at
http://chess-results.com/tnr315519.aspx?lan=1

The blitz tournament will take place this afternoon as soon as the 6th round of the classical tournament is over.