Eichab wins first chess Grand Prix

01 Apr 2014 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) – Namibian chessmaster Charles Eichab won the first Grand Prix of the year, scoring 6.5 out of 7 points here on 22 March.
He was followed by teenage sensation Immanuel Gariseb with six points and Otto Nakapunda with 5.5 points.
Over 40 players participated in the first Grand Prix.
A media statement from the Namibia Chess Federation on Tuesday read that Eichab stormed into the lead and had the tournament virtually wrapped up by the time he drew his only game against Nakapunda.
“It was a great tournament and I’m quite pleased with my performance,” said Eichab, adding that his aim is now to maintain the momentum going into the second leg by playing well in Arandis on Saturday.
Lutopu Lubinda was the best woman at the Grand Prix, scoring four points, thereby sharing 11th place with eight other players in the tightly contested 25 minutes-per-player tournament.
The statement indicated that rising star Gariseb pulled himself together following a second-round loss to finish with five straight victories, including wins over seasoned contenders Fremantle Kuhanga and Claudio Adolfo in the last two rounds.
This was the first of five legs to be played this year, with the top eight players all collecting Grand Prix points.
Each player’s best performances in four of the five Grand Prix will be used to determine the overall Grand Prix winner.
The Rapid Grand Prix Series standings after the first leg:
1 - Charles Eichab12 points
2 - Immanuel Gariseb (8)
3 - Otto Nakapunda (6)
4 - Claudio Adolfo(5)
5 - McLean Handjaba (4)
6 - Goodwill Khoa(3)
7 - Fremantle Kuhanga (2)
8 - Jossy Uapingene (1)