During a zonal virtual meeting held in August,  president of all the national chess federation in Zone 4.5 agreed to host the revised zone 4.5 team chess championship.

The tournament will kick off from the 16th to the 18th of October. In accordance with FIDE Online Olympiad each team is expected to field a 10 player team of mixed gender and age.

Boards 1-3 will be played by players in category A which is the Open section whilst board 4-6 has been classified as category B ladies section.

Under 20 male category C will be board 7-8 with U-20 females category D playing from board 9-10.

Ten countries are expected to take part in the tournament, but only Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique have confirmed their participation.

Zimbabwe Chess Federation are yet to announce their official squad.

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