The Namibia Chess Federation in collaboration with Pro-Ed Akademie hosted a successful open chess tournament on the 29th of June at the Swakopmund Town Hall where over 250 junior chess players from all around the country participated. The tournament comprised of 7 different age groups of under 8 to under 20 juniors chess players from all over the country. Boys and girls from schools and towns as far as Rosh Pinah and Keetmanshoop came in numbers to part-take in the annual tournament.
The top 10 of each age group qualified to participate in a closed (invitation only) tournament to be held in the capital in two weeks time. The one day long tournament kicked of on Saturday morning with short speeches by the deputy major of Swakopmund, Councillor Louise Madi, the school principal of Pro-Ed Akademie, Mr. Globberlaar and the NCF President, Otto Nakapunda.
The Swakopmund Town Hall nearly filled to the brim as parents, coaches, school teachers and chess enthusiast watched on in amazement as the junior players battled it out for 7 rounds straight. The winners emerged in each age group taking home cash prizes and certificates sponsored by different individuals and business in from Swakopmund. This was only the second time that the junior tournament was hosted outside Windhoek and it remarkably managed to attract a record number of participants.
The newly elected NCF Exco hopes to have the highly anticipated tournament hosted in other towns around the country to help promote the sport and to have more schools sending learners to take part in this fun filled national junior tournament.