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

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