Russian Chess mentor in the country


Russian Chess trainer Vasily Papin has arrived in the country to drill the Malawi team in its preparations for the upcoming Batumi Olympiad in Georgia.

Papin  landed on Monday afternoon through the Chileka Airport in Blantyre.

Papin welcomed by local chess officials

He will be in the country for 11 days after offering his services in return for free food and accommodation.

Speaking on his arrival, the 29 year old Grandmaster was upbeat of improving the team before the tournament.

“Together with the Chess Association of Malawi(Chessam), I believe we can make progress in the next eleven days and put the team in shape before the tournament starts,” said Papin who has coached in Algeria, Angola, Australia and India, just to mention a few.

In his remarks, Chessam publicist Makhosi Nyirenda said they have hired the Russian player-cum coach to enhance the team’s chances at the world’s biggest chess tournament.

“Last time out (2016), we fared well, as the team soared two steps up on the world rankings, while two of our players, Petros Mfune and Paul Khuphwathea were elevated to the status of Candidate Master. So being the first time to engage the services of an expatriate coach, we believe the team will  better the 2016 run,” said Nyirenda.

The Batumi Olympiad, will run from September 23 to 6 October.

It will be played in two sections, open and ladies category.


Malawi will have a total of ten players, five in each section and four officials.


Below is the travelling squad:


Open Section

Gerald Mphungu

Chiletso Chipanga

Joseph Mwale

George Mwale

Richard Chiona



Linda Jambo

Daisy Nkhoma

Tupokiwe Msukwa

Ellen Mpinganjira

Anne Simwawa


Captains :

Joseph Chalemba : Open Section


Magret Ngugama:Ladies Section


Leaders of delegation

Mark Chikoko (assembly delegate)


Gershom Chima (Head)