Junior Chess Team Excels in South Africa

THE Namibian Junior Chess Team brought home 11 out of a possible 12 gold medals after they successfully buried the ghost of 2009, when they took part in the Menlo Park International Tournament in South Africa recently.

Namibia last played in this tournament five years ago when the team performance was rather dismal. Charles Eichab who doubled as head coach and team manager said:

“The 2009 result actually served us well. It showed us areas in which we should continue to work. Our resounding victory now is evident that lessons were well learned. All stakeholders should partake in this victory.”

The team consisted of 12 players ranging from 11 to 20 years old and managed to complete the tournament in clinical fashion.

The Menlo Park International Schools tournament is a team event where individual scores are aggregated to determine the winning team for each match.

Leading the charges on Board 1 was Immanuel Gariseb who managed to win all three his matches without any real difficulties.

William Kamberipa also overcame a minor scare in round one where he had a hard time formulating a winning plan, while Matjiua Kajovi had no difficulties scoring on Board 3.

On Board 4 and 5 were Lishen Mentile and Nicola Tjaronda who were the only girls in the team and also the only surviving members of the 2009 team. Their experience shone through as they managed to win all their games. Playing on Boards 6 and 7 were Isaskar Hamaseb and Mutago Hochobeb who both collected gold on their respective boards.

Mubasen Hochobeb who is the National U14 champion made the easiest of starts when he won by way of Fools Mate. Fools Mate is the fastest way to win in chess as it just takes two moves to complete.

Source : The Namibian