Eleven Otjozondjupa chess players qualify for national tournament

11 Mar 2019 06:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – Eleven Under-15 and U-17 chess players from the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday qualified to compete in the national schools closed individual chess tournament taking place in Windhoek next month.
Thirty-nine participants from various schools in the region gathered at Okakarara Senior Secondary School (SSS) for their zonal tournament, where six boys and five girls from Paresis SSS, Otjiwarongo SSS and Karundu Junior Secondary School qualified to compete in the national championship scheduled for 13 April.
The Otjozondjupa regional chess coach, Ichnecuis Kavitjene on Sunday told Nampa in an interview the learners impressed him.
“They demonstrated high discipline and professionalism in each game,” he said, adding that the 11 players really deserved to win.
Kavitjene wished them luck for the national games, where they stand a chance to qualify for the 2019 African chess championships.
“Most of our regional chess players are amazing and young. If they continue to practice the game, the region will have many champions in the future,” he said.
The coach also said learners from Coblenz Combined School and Okakarara SSS who did not do well at the regional tournament on Saturday should not despair.
“They should continue playing the game on their own to gain experience,” he said.
Kavitjene said last year, eight learners from Otjozondjupa participated in the national tournament and the higher number of players going to the competition this year shows progress.