Oshana and Walvis Bay crown chess champions

19 May 2017 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) – Former junior chess champion, Toivo Nangula won the Oshana Open that was held in Oshakati on 29 April 2017.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday said the tournament is held on a rotational basis by the northern towns of Ongwediva, Oshakati and Ondangwa.
Nangula scored 6.5 points to edge out former Namibian champion, Frans Dennis who scored 6 points, while Michael Dambura scored 5.5 points.
Dambura is also tournament director and Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) Zone Seven chairperson.
Maranatha Shadipeni took home two prizes for Best Woman and Best Youth Girl, while Heskiel Ndahangwapo won the Best Youth Boy prize.
In the Cadet Section, which is reserved for players under the age of 12, Elvin Shikulo and Elao-Letu Hamukonda won the boys’ and girls’ sections, respectively.
The event was held at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Oshakati Campus, just ahead of the NCF National Championships.
An ecstatic Nangula could not hide his joy. “Last year I was crowned Best Local Player and this year I went one better and took home the lot,” he said.
Meanwhile, the third edition of the Walvis Bay Open was held at the Multi-Purpose Centre at the coastal town on 13 May 2017.
Namibia’s top-rated local player, Candidate Master Charles Eichab, scored five wins and two draws, amassing six points, to finish top ahead of Tawanda Kawani and Raphael Nyakansaila, who scored 6 and 5.5 points respectively.
Eichab had a better tie-break than runner-up Kawani.
Erastus Somaeb’s four points made him the Best Local Player, while Samara Stiege scooped the Best Woman prize.
Tristan Riedel and Liam Blaauw both scored 2.5 points after drawing their head-to-head encounter in the final game.
Riedel was, however, crowned Best Cadet as he had a better progressive score.
This weekend sees the second leg of the Grand Prix Series take place at the UNAM Main Campus in Windhoek.