23 Feb 2017 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 23 FEB (NAMPA) The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) has secured sponsorship from Angermund Transport for its first-ever Womens Challenge set for 12 August 2017 in Windhoek.
In a media release made available Wednesday, the transport company committed to sponsor the event that aims to increase womens participation in chess.
Pieter Angermund, the owner of the company, said he wanted to get involved with the NCFs initiative because he realised the importance of having more women play chess.
I think it is good to give women a platform to share ideas while competing and honing their chess playing abilities, said Angermund.
He is confident that through this initiative, more girls can join the fray in what many people still think is only a mens game.
NCF President, Otto Nakapunda applauded Angermund for getting involved in chess development.
This is a sign that the business community has confidence in the leadership and direction that chess is taking, Nakapunda said.
The Womens Chess Challenge is part of the NCFs drive to develop the sports holistically.
Currently, there are six women World Chess Federation Masters and five men in Namibia.
The NCF this year also introduced the Zonal Schools Individual Chess Championships, with the central and far-north regions having held their competitions already.
The winners of those competitions are due to compete in the Namibian Schools Individual Chess Championships scheduled for 08 April 2017.
Meanwhile, the NCF will host its annual general meeting on Saturday at the Namibia Schools Sports Union offices in Olympia.