The 2017 Phela-Live Prestige section is poised for an exciting finish after 4 tight rounds have failed to produce an outright leader. The event was officially launched at the offices of the Phela-Live Wellness Center on Friday while all games have been played at the St Juliana Conference center in Manzini.

The event has attracted 70 participants from 8 different countries and sees the top 32 players participating in the Prestige section with a further 38 participating in the Open!

CM Musatwe Simutowe from Zambia currently shares the lead on 3.5/4 with FM Alice Mateus from Mozambique and Zwakala Ntando from South Africa. Musa and Mateus will lock horns on board 1 tomorrow morning in what could prove to be a decisive game.

Zwakala faces Elisha Chimbamu from Zimbabwe on board 2 but there are a further 6 players within half a point of the lead. With 4 main prizes on offer, the last two rounds should be very interesting.

Latest standings for the Prestige section as well as the round 5 pairings are available at