ZAMBIA's top chess player Daniel Jere at the weekend won the Lusaka Province Chess Association (LPCA) monthly tournament after fending off tough competition from 19 other players.
Jere, the 2011 Zambian Sportsman-of-the-Year, took the A Category title after finishing top with six points from a possible seven, losing just one game throughout the tournament to Kennedy Katowa in the second round.
Katowa finished in a disappointing 11th place with three points in the A Category that was made up of the best 20 ranked players in the LPCA structure.
Taking second place was Thomas Zulu, who finished with five points, while January 2013 champion Gillian Bwalya surrendered the title after finishing in third place with five points.
LPCA treasurer Andrew Kayonde described the tournament as exciting and highly competitive, adding that the changing of champions from month to month was a positive attribute.
Kayonde said the LPCA February tournament attracted 97 players with the other 77 playing the B Category, which is made up of players outside the top-20 but the worst three from the A Category every month being relegated to the B Category from which the best three go to the top tier.
The three who fell off the top tier were Jackson Chansa, Joshua Mulauzi and Kelvin Chumfwa while their places were replaced by enterprising Kiddy Makwaya, who was simply invincible in the B Section where he finished as winner with six points.
Also finishing on six points and joining Makwaya in the A Section was Oswald Tembo and David Kakokma, who won the four-way weaker tie breaker on 5.5 points.
Moses Kangwa, Gift Bwalya and Brian Mulenga lost out despite finishing on 5.5 points.
As Makwaya was being elevated to the top tier, he was still in line to pick up one more award as he took the best over-40 years players award with his six points while national female star Lorita Mwango took the best female player award after garnering 4.5 points.
The best under-15 boys' player was Chanda Musenge, who finished with three points while the same award in the girls' category was picked up by Natasha Chileshe, who finished with two points.