Chess wizzard Shidolo finds redemption at Grand Prix

WINDHOEK: Former national team chess player, Simon Shidolo won the third leg of the Namibia Chess Grand Prix Series here over the weekend.

The Arandis-based player, a product of the Colin Foundation School Chess Club, recovered in spectacular fashion to claim victory.

A statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by the Namibia Chess Federation said Shidolo, a former junior chess champion, had been “out of shape and bedevilled” with constant defeats thus far this year.

His performance here in July was his worst this year, after finishing at the very bottom with only a draw.

However, Shidolo was unstoppable at the recent tournament on Saturday, scoring a total of six wins in a seven-round Swiss tournament.

The Swiss tournament system pits each player against another player who has done as well (or as poorly) as he or she has done.

Tournament favourites Candidate Master (CM) Charles Eichab; 2014 National Junior Champion Immanuel Gariseb; 2013 National Chess Champion Goodwill Khoa; recently crowned CM McLean Handjaba; and veteran player CM Otto Nakapunda all finished behind Shidolo.

Khoa and Eichab came in third and second place, respectively, but shared the prize monies after finishing with the same points divided only by a tie-break.

Acting Tournament Director on the day, Richman Tjiriange applauded Shidolo’s fighting spirit and ever-so motivated character, urging other chess players to always strive to be better regardless of the odds stacked against them.

Tjiriange also thanked the sponsors of that leg, Gottlieb Scotts Hamutwe, a chess aficionado, who donated N.dollars 2 000 towards the prizes, and also JHI Properties for availing the venue.

Only two Grand Prix legs remain – on 11 and 18 October in the capital.

These two legs will be played in a public arena, perhaps one of the shopping malls in the capital, with the intention of bringing chess to the people.