Eichab Shows Class at Grand Prix

Chess master Charles Eichab tops the standings after winning the first Raid Grand Prix event of the year, which was held in Windhoek over the weekend. Eichab picked up 6,5 out of 7 possible points.

He was followed by teenage sensations Immanuel Gariseb (6 points) and Otto Nakapunda (5,5).

The best female player was Lutopu Lubinda, who scored 4 points, sharing 11th place with eight other players in this tightly contested 25 minutes-per-player tourney.

This was the first of five legs to be played this year, with the Top 8 players all collecting Grand Prix (GP) points. Each player’s best performances in 4 of the 5 Grand Prix will be used to determine the overall winner.

Eichab stormed into the lead and had the tournament virtually wrapped up by the time he drew his only game against Nakapunda.

“It was a great tournament and I am quite pleased with my performance. The aim is now to maintain the momentum going into the second leg by playing well in Arandis,” Eichab said.

Rising star Gariseb pulled himself together, following a second round loss to finish with five straight victories, including wins over seasoned contenders Fremantle Kuhanga and Claudio Adolfo in the last two rounds.

However, Adolfo also had a relatively good tournament, handing Nakapunda his only defeat, to finish joint-fourth on 5 points.

Others to score five points and who had to be separated by tie-breaks were McLean Handjaba, recently-crowned Blitz champion Goodwill Khoa, Kuhanga, Jossy Uapingene, William Kamberipa and Thomas Ehrich. Apart from the latter two, the rest all scored GP points.

The sponsor of the GP1, which attracted well over 40 players, was Ben Ngairorue. The next leg will be played on 12 April and registration for the event opens on Monday, April 7. For more information, contact the Tournament Director Fremantle Kuhanga at 0814699070.

Eichab leads the Raid Grand Prix Series standings with 12 points, followed by Gariseb on 8, Nakapunda in third on 6 and Adolfo, who has 5.

In fifth position is McLean Handjaba with 4 points, then Goodwill Khoa on 3, while Fremantle Kuhang has 2 points and Jossy Uapingene anchors the log with a point.

Source : The Namibian