Arandis hosting chess tourney on Saturday

WINDHOEK: The town of Arandis in the Erongo Region will host a one-day rapid chess tournament on Saturday.

The venue is the Arandis Community Development Centre, with the country’s leading players expected to grace the event. All other chess lovers are invited to participate.

It is the first time the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) organise a chess tournament outside the capital this year.

NCF chairperson Otto Nakapunda said in a media statement on Thursday the ‘Arandis Open’ will make its debut on the NCF calendar on Saturday.

“We made the decision to take chess to the regions, and no region deserves its own tournament more than the Erongo Region,” he said, adding that chess is highly appreciated in that area.

He said Arandis, in particular the Kollin Foundation Secondary School there, has produced a number of gold medallists in the junior chess rankings as well as school championships over the years.

Nakapunda said that depending on the success of the Arandis Open, they will beef up the NCF calendar next year with more out-of-Windhoek tourneys.

Leonard Nghifikwa, a student at the Polytechnic of Namibia who hails from Arandis, was quoted in the statement as saying such tournaments are the type of development they need at the town.

“We have proven that chess talent does not only reside in Windhoek but all over the country. This is one of way to unearth the chess gems in the regions,” said Nghifikwa.

There will be a price of N.dollars 5 000 for the overall performer.

Meanwhile, the NCF will conduct a chess clinic at the Paresis High School in Otjiwarongo on Sunday.

“The aim of the clinic is to empower administrators in the Otjozondupa Region to enable them to successfully run their own affairs, including tournaments,” said Nakapunda, adding that the running of a chess tournament is highly technical and requires in-depth knowledge.