The Masters section of the 2017 Zambian Open has been thrown wide open after top seeded IM Daniel Jere got the start time wrong for his 3rd round game and defaulted against his compatriot IM Gillan Bwalya on board 1. Gillan is now the only player still on full score in the early going of what promises to be a tightly contested event. The updated standings at the end of round 3 are now published at

Meanwhile the Open section has already attracted more than 100 entrants, many of whom will be participating in a FIDE rated tournament for the very first time. With 13 players rated above 2000 already registered for the open it is clear that the games here will also be extremely competitive.

Players still wanting to participate in the Open, U/16 and U/10 sections are asked to assist the organizers by registering asap at