African Youth Chess championships launched
28 Aug 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) on Wednesday officially launched the 2019 African Youth Chess Championships to be held in Windhoek from 14 to 22 December.
Speaking at the launch, NCF Vice President Efraim Jane said the tournament will be held in conjunction with the African Chess Confederation and International Chess Federation (FIDE) and is expected to attract about 500 delegates from all over the continent.
The previous African Youth Chess Championships were held in Kisumu, Kenya last year and attracted 400 participants.
We have invited all FIDE affiliated members from across Africa to bring their youngest chess players to come and compete in the Land of the Brave. This tournament will mark the dawn of a new era for young Namibian chess players because it will be the first time that the country hosts this continental championships, he explained.
Namibia was awarded the rights to host the tournament in December 2018.
Jane added that preparations are at an advanced stage as various steering committees consisting of coaches, players, parents and the general public have come together to organise Africas largest individual chess championships.
He further called on corporate organisations to come on board and support the event.
Namibia is expected to field around 70 participants and most of them have been going through vigorous training in preparation for the tournament.
Namibia recently finished sixth in the 2019 African Games, while several players have won gold medals in various tournaments locally, on the continent and at international level.