28 Apr 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) - Leonhard Mueller and Nicola Tjaronda took the top spots at the 2014 Namibian Chess Champion tournament in Windhoek over the weekend.
Mueller, a Switzerland-based lawyer by profession, flew back to Namibia from his current home in Wettingen to take part in the national tournament.
A media statement issued by the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) on Sunday quoted Mueller as saying that this was one of the strongest nationals he had ever played, and he was happy to see chess growing in leaps and bounds in this country.
In second place in the mens section was a familiar face in Namibian chess, Candidate Master (CM) Charles Eichab, who recently won the Arandis Open Tournament and the first leg of the Chess Grand Prix earlier this year.
In third place was another veteran player and former president of the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) Max Niztborn, who vowed to make a return to the national team after missing out on a chance to represent Namibia at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey during 2012.
Fascinatingly, the top three winners in the Open section at this years nationals are all former Namibian chess champions, and have all represented the country at international level before.
In the womens category, Tjaronda once again took her place as the Namibian womens chess champion.
Lishen Mentile was in second place, while new girl on the block Toshi Haufiku managed to secure her first-ever third spot win at the nationals.
Tjaronda, Mentile and Haufiku have now made it into the womens national team, along with Kamutuua Tjatindi, who landed in fourth place.
Junior players at the event also battled it out for top honours, with Matjiua Kajovi clinching the top spot, followed by William Kamberipa and Immanuel Gariseb.
The NCF used this platform to select the male and female national teams to represent the country at the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway during August, and to also represent Namibia at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo.