The 2016 PSS Rapid and Blitz tournament exceeded many expectations and ultimately saw the top Zambian players dominate the field.

A tightly contested Rapid tournament ended in a three way tie on 8/10 with IM Chitumbo Mwali emerging victorious on tie-break ahead of IM Daniel Jere and IM Rodwell Makoto.

The Blitz event also went down to the very last round with IM Daniel Jere finally emerging victorious with a score of 8.5/10 ahead of IM Rodwell Makoto (8) and FM Andrew Kayonde (7.5).

The trophy and title of champion for this inaugural event were hence presented to IM Daniel Jere who scored and incredible total of 16.5/20. What made this fete even more incredible is that Daniel recorded this performance after spending almost 28 hours in transit from Lusaka and after missing the 1st round of the rapid tournament!

The classic section was won in fine style by IM Kudzanai Mamombe from Zimbabwe whilst the Junior Rapid tournament was won by Rogan Scullard.

Hosting the tournament at the Royal JHB and Killarney golf course turned out the be an inspired decision as the course offered excellent facilities which helped enormously to set the tone for the tournament. We also wish to thank Mr David Swartz from Phillip Silver Swartz Inc. without whom the event would never have been possible!

The final standings and results from all sections are now posted at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr216511.aspx?lan=1!

We also wish to thank Chess24.com for carrying the games live and helping us through the live broadcast process throughout the couse of the two day tournament. Players wishing to access their games can now do so at the following links:

Rapid:
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/pss-rapid-2016/10/1/1

Blitz:
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/pss-blitz-2016/10/1/1