Chess federation to host tournament Sunday

The Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) will host a tournament on Sunday at Cramer's, in Windhoek where 180 chess players will face each other in five sections.

These are namely, Beginners for kids (under 10 years), Beginners, Amateurs, Professionals and Madala section (Parents of chess kids).

Speaking to Nampa telephonically on Thursday, Israel Shilongo the President of NCF said registration is complete with all the registered participants confirmed.

The tournament will be rated according to the World Chess Federation ratings, hence the competition is expected to be tough. Top Namibian chess players have confirmed their participation, Shilongo said.

These include current Namibian Champion Dante Beukes, ladies national champion Nicola Tjaronda, former women national champion LischenMentile as well as seven time National champion, Charles Eichab.

Shilongo added that the tournament is sponsored by the Rand Merchant Bank, and participants will receive medals and cash prizes worth N.dollars five thousand.

We will start at 0900 in the morning. We are 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. 15 players are on standby in case one of the register participants fails to make it, Shilongo added.

He further stressed that chess is growing massively in the regions as more and more people are starting to embrace the sport.

We have we have built a model whereby we go around the country hosting open tournaments. Last weekend we had a tournament in Opuwo and we had double the numbers from the previous years, he explained.

Shilongo said Namibian Chess players have also been making waves in international tournaments, with the latest being two gold medals won in Uganda's schools tournament on Wednesday.

The medals came from the under 11 and under 17 participants.

Namibia also attended this year's All White Rook Chess Tournament in Sochi in June where four players under the guise of National Development team participated for the first time.

The NCF president said as an organisation, they have managed to improve the administration of the sport.

Starting times are now being adhered to, we are giving back by availing chess sets and training coaches in small towns to assist them grow. At the moment we have over 20 coaches' country wide, a significant increase from six coach in the past two years, he explained.

Shilongo concluded by saying those interested in the game of chase must contact the federation as thy plan to host four tournaments this year.

Source: Namibia Press Agency