The Zambian national chess team was the top-ranked African country at the FIDE Chess Olympiad for People with Disabilities which concluded on Sunday 05 February 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Zambia lost against the FIDE team, Venezuela and Germany and won against Kenya, Zimbabwe and Panama. Aaron Banda was the star player focusing draws against Artur Kevorkov of Germany and Venezuela’s Edgar Rivas.
However, it was a great team effort from Robert Nkhupi, Harry Sauti, and Tambuzhai Kadilamwando as the Zambians completed the prestigious event on position 18 as the highest-ranked African team.
Zimbabwe how started the tournament on a high choked managing a draw against ICCD, defeats against Serbia 2, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Zambia plus one victory against Kenya to settle for position 24.
Kenya the second-seeded African team failed to record a single victory losing to Romania, Montenegro, Zambia, Germany, Zimbabwe and Kyrgyzstan.
Poland was crowned as the inaugural champion of the FIDE Chess Olympiad for People with Disabilities whilst IPCA and the Philippines settled for silver and bronze medals respectively.
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