04 Jul 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) will host a tournament on Sunday at Cramers in Windhoek where 180 chess players will face each other in five sections.
These are; Beginners for kids under 10 years, Beginners, Amateurs, Professionals and Madala section (parents of chess kids).
President of the NCF, Israel Shilongo told Nampa on Thursday that the tournament will be rated according to the World Chess Federation ratings, hence the competition is expected to be tough.
He said the registration process is complete and all the registered participants including top Namibian chess players have confirmed.
They include current Namibian champion Dante Beukes, ladies national champion Nicola Tjaronda, former women national champion Lischen Mentile as well as seven-time national champion, Charles Eichab.
We will start at 09h00 in the morning and calling on chess fans to come and witness the tournament which will played in an open space. We want to make this an annual tournament. Fifteen players are on standby in case one of the registered participants fail to make it, Shilongo added.
The tournament is sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank and participants will receive medals and cash prizes worth N.dollars 5 000, he noted.
Shilongo highlighted that the sport is growing in the regions as more people are starting to embrace it, saying that the federation hosted open tournaments around the country.
Last weekend we had a tournament in Opuwo and we had double the numbers from the previous years, he said.
The NCF is also giving back by availing chess sets and training coaches in small towns to help them grow.
At the moment we have over 20 coaches countrywide, a significant increase from the six in the past two years, said Shilongo.
Namibian chess players have been making waves in international tournaments as well, with the latest being two gold medals won in Ugandas schools tournament on Wednesday.
The medals came from the Under-11 and Under-17 participants.
Namibia further attended this years White Rook Chess Tournament in Sochi in June where four players participated for the first time.