22:10, Saturday, 1st April, 2017

Day 4 at the Zambian Open saw the first prize-giving ceremony as young Joe Phiri recorded a perfect 6/6 to win the u/10 section by a full point.

The U/16 event has reached the 4th round while the open finds CM Kondwani Gondwe, Mambwe Mwansa and KiddyMakwaya all tied on a perfect 5/5 at the end of the 5th round.

The masters saw a number of significant results in round 8 as IM Stanley Chumfwa beat IM Daniel Jere on board 1. He is now tied for the lead on 6/8 with IM Chitumbo Mwali and these two will face off on board 1 to decide the title in the final round. IM Daniel Jere and Geoffrey Luanja are both still within striking distance on 5.5/8 and the winner will come from among these 4.

Final round pairings for the masters are available at http://chess-results.com/tnr266544.aspx?lan=1&art=2&rd=9&turdet=YES&flag...

Tomorrow will see the conclusion off all events with a 9 round open FIDE rated blitz tournament scheduled to conclude the proceedings.