Monday, 6 October 2014

2014 Namsports Premier Chess League reaches its final rounds

With only 5 rounds more to go, the Bayern Munich of Namibian chess seem to be going another year with an unbeaten run. Capablanca Chess Club stands firm on top of the log with 40 points from 21 games, followed by Gunter Husselman Chess Club (GHCC) trailing behind with 37 points.

Capablanca defeated the only possible title contenders - Gunter Husselman and Indomitable Knights chess club (IKCC) - in the last two rounds to secure a possible 2nd league title after already winning it last year.
At the top half of the standings, the upcoming final fixtures are more decisive in the battle for the 3rd and 4th spot, between The Weekend Chess Academy (TWCA) and IKCC.

While the bottom half sees the most excitement as most teams compete for a top half finish while others struggle to escape downgrading to 1st division.

All-women's team Queens United, with its fiery duo of newly awarded candidate masters - Jolly Nepando and Toshi Haufiku and an added bonus of two Namibian women champions in the likes of Nicola Tjaronda and Kamutuua Tjatindi may see itself fall into relegation if it continues with its current losing streak, having lost the last 3 rounds.

The Queens may as well be on their way to rescue current relegation line-holders Checkmate chess club who have been relentlessly fighting tooth and nail to escape demotion to the 2015 1st division.

Round 21 last week ended with the following results: Grand Monsters 3-1 Herero Mall; Checkmate 1-3 Poly U-Knighted ; Capablanca 4-0 Indomitable Knights ; Unam Titans 0-4 Gunter Husselman; Poly Rookers 4-0 BYE; ZCA 1-3 Unam  ; TWCA 4-0 Queens United.

THIS IS WHAT THE 2014 NAMSPORTS PREMIER CHESS LEAGUE STANDINGS LOOK LIKE AFTER ROUND 21.
POS. TEAM                      Played/    Wins      / Draws/      Loses/       Game-Points/     Match-Points
1. Capablanca CC               21            19                 2               0                       74½                        40
2. Gunter Husselman CC     21            17                3               1                       71                           37
3. Indomitable Knights CC  21          16                 2               3                       63½                        34
4. TWCA                            21           16                 1               4                       62                           33
5. Poly U-Knighted CC       20           9                    6               5                       43½                        24
6. Unam CC                        21          9                    3               9                       43½                        21
7. Grand Monsters CC        21           9                    3               9                       42                           21
8. ZCA                                21           8                   3               10                    40½                        19
9. Herero Mall CC               20           7                    3               10                    33                           17
10. Queens United CC         20           6                    3               11                    28                           15
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Relegation
11. Checkmate CC              21           4                    3               14                    27                           11
12. Poly Rookers CC           20           4                     2              14                    23                           10
13. Unam Titans CC             19           3                     0              16                    15½                        6
14. Police CC                       8              0                     0               8                      0                              0

The league continues tonight (MONDAY O6 October 2014) with the Round 22:  **
Fixtures for Round 22
Queens United                      vs                    Herero Mall
TWCA                                 vs                    UNAM
ZCA                                    vs                    Police
Poly Rookers                       vs                    Gunter Husselman
UNAM Titans                      vs                    Indomitable Knights
 Capablanca                         vs                    Poly U-Knighted
Checkmate                           vs                    Grandmosters



**All games are played in Windhoek at Protea Hotel Thuringerhof every Monday from 18h30 to 22h00.