21:04, Friday, 31st March, 2017

The hall at the 2017 Zambian Open is now full as the 116 participants in the open section joined the masters this afternoon.

The U/10 and U/16 events will start tomorrow morning and we look forward to watching the next generation sit side by side with the best in the country!

Round 7 in the masters could well prove to be critical as there are now 4 players tied for the lead on 4.5/6. IM's Daniel Jere and Gillan Bwalya will finally face off on board while IM Chitumbo Mwali will take on Geoffrey Luanja on board 2.

The large field in the open means that there is very little room for errors and we expect some tough fights with 3 rounds scheduled to be played in the open tomorrow.

Latest pairings and results are available at
http://chess-results.com/tnr266544.aspx?lan=1 for those wanting to follow the games.