Friday, 4 May 2012

Charles Eichab crowned Chess King of Namibia – Wins Namibia National Chess Championship 2012

Charles Eichab the National Chess Champion 2012 in the center
Candidate Master Charles Eichab won the National Chess Championship 2012. The 9 round National Chess Championship came to a close today, 4 May 2012 and Charles Eichab took the honors with an almost perfect score of 8.5/9 He only conceded 1 draw against Fide Master Leonhard Mueller who came 2nd also with 8.5/9.  What made this victory special for Eichab is the fact that he won the event ahead of the strongest opposition Namibia could offer. This is also his 4th time as National Champion. Eichab has distinguished himself as the best chess player in Namibia as he has won many a tournament in the past. His objective now is to get the Fide Master title at the 40th Chess Olympiad. 

Women's Olympiad Team: Nicola, Jolly,El-Shaddai, Lishen and Rauha
Leonhard Mueller made a few remarks during the closing ceremony and was of the opinion that the level of chess in Namibia has improved dramatically. He said that 8.5 were not enough anymore to win. The youngsters have improved a lot and now offer a real challenge at the chess board. In third place we had Candidate Master Otto Nakapunda with 7/9. Nakapunda lost against Leonhard and Charles but defeated Max Nitzborn in the final round to take the bronze with 7/9 and make the Olympic team.

The ladies did not disappoint either and had to find their way through a maze of strong players young and old. The 14 year old Nicola Tjaronda stood head and shoulders above her rivals with 5/9 points. She became Namibia’s youngest ever Women’s Champion for 2012. She was followed by Jolly Nepando in second place also with 5/9 and El-Shaddai Aluteni in third place with 4/9. 

Men's Olympiad Team: Edmund, Leonhard, Charles, Otto and McLean
The juniors played extraordinary chess and the winner of this section was none other then Immanuel Gariseb with 6/9 followed by Hange Tjingaete also with 6/9 in 2nd place. In third we had William Kamberipa with 5.5/9. 

It was excellent chess and you had to be prepared to make the Olympiad teams: The Men's team are: Charles Eichab, Leonhard Mueller, Otto Nakapunda, McLean Handjaba and Edmund Gariseb. The Women's team are: Nicola Tjaronda, Jolly Nepando, El-Shaddai Aluteni, Lishen Mentile and Rauha Shipindo. The 2 teams will represent Namibia at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey this coming August and September 2012.

Prizes were as follows:

 Men:
1st Prize – Charles Eichab = N$ 2,200.00
2nd Prize – Leonhard Mueller = N$ 1,500.00
3rd Prize – Otto Nakapunda = N$ 1,000.00

Women:
1st Prize – Nicola Tjaronda = N$  600.00
2nd Prize – Jolly Nepando = N$ 400.00
3rd Prize – El-Shaddai Aluteni = N$ 300.00

Junior:
1st Prize – Immanuel Gariseb = N$ 500.00
2nd Prize – Hange Tjingaete = N$ 300.00
3rd Prize – William Kamberipa = N$ 200.00

Worth mentioning is the prize money offering by Fide Master Leonhard Mueller to celebrate the success of the Olympiad teams. The Namibia Chess Federation would like to thank Dr. Leonhard Mueller for his kind gesture and congratulate all the winners of the 3 categories as well as the Olympiad teams. Work hard and you will make Namibia proud at the upcoming chess Olympiad.


Nicola Tjaronda in the middle - Women's Champion of Namibia 2012

Final results and Standings:


Namibia National Chess Championship 2012 - 
Round 9

Results after Round 9

No Name                    Result   Name                  

 1 Simon Shidolo           0.0:3.0  Leonhard Mueller      
 2 Charles Eichab          3.0:0.0  Rex Oberholzer        
 3 Otto Nakapunda          3.0:0.0  Max Nitzborn          
 4 Goodwil Khoa            1.0:1.0  Kautungawavali Neshila
 5 Mclean Handjaba         3.0:0.0  Julian Isaak          
 6 Edmund Gariseb          3.0:0.0  Christo Retief        
 7 Gariseb Immanuel        3.0:0.0  Leonard Nghifikwa     
 8 Junias Hango            0.0:3.0  Hange Tjingaete       
 9 Lischen Mentile         0.0:3.0  William Kamberipa     
10 Nicola Tjaronda         1.0:1.0  Richman Tjiriange     
11 Rauha Shipindo          0.0:3.0  Jolly Nepando         
12 Thomas Kapofi           3.0:0.0  Beverly Tjatindi      
13 Calvin Eixab            0.0:3.0  Thomas Ehrich         
14 Joshua Amaambo          0.0:3.0  Joseph Koroma         
15 Mubasen Hochobeb        3.0:0.0  El-Shaddai Aluteni    
16 Iileni Kandume          1.0:1.0  Vetueza Tjaronda      
17 Jeremy-Dean Van Rooyen  3.0:0.0  Mutago Hochobeb       
18 Wilbard David           0.0:3.0  Silvanus Shidolo      
19 Camy Nitzborn           0.0:3.0  Eu-Word Brendell      
20 Tibor Trepper           3.0:0.0  Dante Beukes          
21 Shevanne Bedja          3.0:0.0  Robson Tlhabanello    
22 Elvira Tibinyane        3.0:0.0  Uasuta Handura        
23 Taleni Shaanika         0.0:3.0  Dyllan Bedja          
24 Vitura Shaanika         0.0:3.0  Abigail Julius        

Standings after Round 9

Place Name                    Feder Rtg Score Progr. M-Buch. Buch.

 1-2  Eichab, Charles                   25     125.0   124.0 162.0
      Mueller, Leonhard                 25     125.0   117.0 153.0
  3   Nakapunda, Otto                   21     111.0   117.0 154.0
 4-5  Handjaba, Mclean                  19     100.0   116.0 153.0
      Gariseb, Edmund                   19      92.0   100.0 128.0
 6-8  Shidolo, Simon                    18     108.0   125.0 162.0
      Immanuel, Gariseb                 18      99.0   114.0 151.0
      Tjingaete, Hange                  18      87.0    96.5 125.0
9-11  Neshila, Kautungawavali           17      99.0   114.0 150.0
      Khoa, Goodwil                     17      96.0   110.0 147.0
      Kamberipa, William                17      86.0   106.0 136.0
12-14 Nitzborn, Max                     16      97.0   118.0 154.0
      Isaak, Julian                     16      95.0   108.0 132.0
      Oberholzer, Rex                   16      86.0   103.0 140.0
15-23 Nghifikwa, Leonard                15      81.0   108.0 139.0
      Hango, Junias                     15      81.0   102.0 130.0
      Retief, Christo                   15      78.0   102.0 138.0
      Ehrich, Thomas                    15      78.0    95.0 130.5
      Koroma, Joseph                    15      75.0    93.0 121.0
      Kapofi, Thomas                    15      75.0    91.0 118.0
      Tjaronda, Nicola                  15      74.0    85.0 112.0
      Hochobeb, Mubasen                 15      57.0    84.0 102.0
      Nepando, Jolly                    15      45.0    66.0  84.0
24-25 Tjiriange, Richman                13      76.0    99.0 127.0
      Van Rooyen, Jeremy-Dean           13      61.0    93.0 127.0
26-35 Aluteni, El-Shaddai               12      75.0   100.0 124.0
      Mentile, Lischen                  12      66.0    96.0 123.0
      Eixab, Calvin                     12      66.0    94.0 116.0
      Shipindo, Rauha                   12      66.0    84.0 118.0
      Tjatindi, Beverly                 12      63.0    98.0 124.0
      Brendell, Eu-Word                 12      60.0    90.0 112.0
      Shidolo, Silvanus                 12      60.0    88.0 118.0
      Trepper, Tibor                    12      57.0    94.0 121.0
      Amaambo, Joshua                   12      54.0    90.0 120.0
      Bedja, Shevanne                   12      42.0    66.0  87.0
36-37 Tjaronda, Vetueza                 11      56.0    85.0 113.0
      Kandume, Iileni                   11      46.0    76.5  95.5
38-39 Hochobeb, Mutago                  10      52.0    87.0 105.0
      Tibinyane, Elvira                 10      51.0    80.0  98.0
40-45 Tlhabanello, Robson               9       60.0    89.0 116.5
      David, Wilbard                    9       48.0    80.0  98.0
      Beukes, Dante                     9       42.0    79.0  94.0
      Bedja, Dyllan                     9       39.0    69.0  91.0
      Nitzborn, Camy                    9       36.0    81.0  99.0
      Julius, Abigail                   9       30.0    68.0  86.0
46-48 Handura, Uasuta                   3       24.0    72.0  91.0
      Shaanika, Vitura                  3       18.0    66.0  84.0
      Shaanika, Taleni                  3        6.0    66.0  84.0
49-58 Pretorius, Ethan                  0        0.0    29.5  29.5
      Kuhanga, Fremantle                0        0.0    27.0  27.0
      Nangolo, Petrus                   0        0.0    26.0  26.0
      Cloete, G                         0        0.0    19.0  19.0
      Clinton, Dietlik                  0        0.0    17.0  17.0
      Cloete, Joshua                    0        0.0    16.0  16.0
      Swartz, Gevin                     0        0.0    12.0  12.0
      Dietlik, Jason                    0        0.0    12.0  12.0
      Hindjou, Treasure                 0        0.0    11.0  11.0
      Paulus, Uirab                     0        0.0    10.0  10.0

 We now count on our Namibian Government to assist us to get to the chess Olympiad this year.