CLOSE UP WITH LORITA M. (ZAMBIA’S NO. 1 FEMALE CHESS PLAYER)

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CLOSE UP WITH LORITA MAKUMBA (ZAMBIA’S NO. 1 FEMALE CHESS PLAYER)
Lorita Makumba is best female player in Zambia with a rating of 1948. Raised in a christian family and a student of mathematics in the university. She is also a GM Slayer at Tromso Olympiad. These are more about her.
1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
I am Lorita Makumba Mwango,young Zambian lady aged 20,born on 06 November,1994 in a family of 5,3 girls n 2 boys.
I am a 3rd year mathematics student at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe,Zambia.
I am proudly Christian
2. WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING CHESS?
I started playing when I was in grade 5,about 10 years old.
3. WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOURNAMENT BREAKTHROUGH?
In Grade 11,in 2010,when I was schools champion and I first qualified in the National team
4. WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTEREST ASIDES CHESS?
Apart from playing chess,I enjoy dancing, traveling and making new friends
5. YOU ARE THE HIGHEST RATED FEMALE PLAYER IN YOUR COUNTRY, IS THIS THE PEAK OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENT OR YOU STILL ASPIRE FOR MORE AND WHAT ARE THEY?
NO!!! I still aspire for more,to probably be the first WGM in Zambia
6. WHICH OF YOUR GAMES IS THE MOST MEMORABLE?
A game I played against a WGM from ecuador rated 2168 with me having a rating of 1874 in norway ,tromso olympiad in 2014 on board 1
7. HOW WOULD YOU RATE CHESS IN SCHOOLS IN YOUR COUNTRY?
I think it is improving, though at a slow rate
8. WOULD YOU BE COMING TO PLAY IN THE UPCOMING LAGOS CHESS CLASSICS IN NIGERIA?
No, I can’t afford,I don’t have sponsors..
9. WHO IS YOUR CHESS ICON?
Susan polgar
10. ANY WORD OF ADVICE FOR CHESS PLAYERS, ENTHUSIAST AND ORGANIZERS IN YOUR COUNTRY?
I would just like to encourage my fellow chess players that it is all achievable, one just ought to work hard towards it..and to the sponsors,please come on board to help develop and improve this game we love.
[Event “Chess Olympiad (Women)”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2014.08.09”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Carla Heredia Serrano”]
[Black “Makumba Lorita Mwango”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C05”]
[WhiteElo “2168”]
[BlackElo “1874”]
[Annotator “Oyeleye Olawale”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “8/4k3/p6R/4p3/1P3r2/P4K2/6P1/8 w – – 0 57”]
[PlyCount “48”]{C06: French Tarrasch: 3…Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Bd3 main lines} {After an intense
fight from opening, black is already in trouble. The simple plan is for white
to capture the pawn on a6 and the rest would be easy.} 57. Ke3 Rg4 58. Kf2 {
This pawn doesn’t need any defending…leave the pawn alone and go for the
a-pawn.} Rf4+ 59. Kg1 {Seems the King is crazily in love with the b2-pawn.} (
59. Kg3 $5 $16) 59… e4 $14 60. Rh3 {black is now comfortable to get the draw}
(60. Rxa6 $5 Kd7 61. Ra5 $14) 60… Kd7 61. Re3 Kd6 62. Kh2 Ke5 63. Kg3 Rf1 64.
Rb3 Kd4 65. b5 $2 {but what can she do….} (65. Rb2 $17) 65… axb5 $19 66.
Rxb5 e3 $1 67. Rb8 e2 68. Rd8+ Kc3 69. Rc8+ Kb3 70. Rb8+ Ka2 71. Re8 e1=Q+ 72.
Rxe1 Rxe1 73. Kf4 Kxa3 74. g4 (74. Kf5 {is no salvation} Kb4 $19) 74… Kb4 75.
Kf5 Kc5 76. g5 Kd6 77. Kf6 Rf1+ 78. Kg7 Ke7 79. g6 (79. Kg6 {this doesn’t work
as well because of} Ke6 80. Kh7 Rg1 81. Kg6 Rg4 82. Kh6 Kf5 83. Kg7 Kxg5 84.
Kf7 Re4 85. Kg7 Rf4 86. Kh7 Kf6 87. Kh8 Kf7 88. Kh7 Rh4#) 79… Rg1 80. Kh8
Rxg6 {A lovely come back in the end game!} (80… Rxg6 81. Kh7 Kf7 82. Kh8 Rh6#
) 0-1

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