Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Eichab and Mentile crowned 2015 national chess champions

Charles Eichab 2015 National Champion receiving his prize money from NCF treasurer Jolly Nepando.

CM Charles Eichab won his 5th National title at the 2015 National Chess Championship held in the capital over the Easter weekend. He finished with an amazing 6 out of 7 score after drawing against Josef Nitzborn and Simon Shidolo and defeating all his other competitors. In second place tied with Eichab was CM Otto Nakapunda also with 6 out of 7. Nakapunda lost to Eichab in an equally matched game in round 4. In the final round of the competition, Josef Nitzborn drew with the champion to secure the bronze medal. Nitzborn completed the tournament on 5.5 out of 7.

The women's section saw a poor turnout this year with only four ladies entered to compete for the prestigious Women's National Chess Championship title. Lishen Mentile in this section walked away with top honors after defeating her opponents who all formed part of Namibia's 2015 national feamle chess team. She amassing a total of 5 points out of 6 in double round-robin tournament. Mentile was followed by Ruaha Shipindo in second place and Jolly Nepando in third.

The Open and Women's Section winners
Amateur players that took part in this year's tournament were treated to a special B-Section where they competed freely with players of the same skill level. No advanced players were permitted in this section and so young and old players that are recognized as beginners paired against each other and decided their own fate. Final year medical student  Onesmus Kamenje was crowned champion in of the B-Section after winning second place runner-up Fillemon Shatipamba and finishing with a score of 6/7. Shatipamba tied with Onesmus on points but lost on direct encounter on tiebreak. Long time junior player Mutago Hochobeb came in third in this section.
Open Section Winners - Nakapunda, Eichab and Nitzborn
Open Section Top 10:

Rank SNo.    Name                     Rtg     Wins Draws Loses Pts.  Res.   Fide    BHs    BH. 
   1   16 CM Eichab Charles        2000      5     2        0        6        1        26    195       23½ 
   2   22 CM Nakapunda  Otto     1970      6     0        1        6        0        24    189½    19½ 
   3   19        Nitzborn Josef         1900      5     1        1        5½     0        21½  194½   19  
   4    8         Shidolo Simon         1900      4     2        1       5         0        21    176½    20½ 
   5    1 CM Handjaba McLean    1900      4     1        2       4½      0        19    192       21  
  
   6   21        Kajovi Matjiua         1700      4     1        2       4½     0         17    172       16  
   7   23       Gariseb Immanuel     1900      4     1        2       4½     0        16     187½   18  
   8    7        Schwarz Bernhard     1800      4     0        3       4        0        18     192      22  
   9   18       Nghifikwa Leonard   1800      3     0        3       4        0        17     186½    19  
  10   11      Kamberipa William   1800      3     0        3       4        0        16     162½    17

Women's Section winners - Rauha, Lishen and Jolly
Women's Section overall winners:

Rank SNo.     Name                      Rtg        Wins Draws Loses  Pts.  Res.  Fide  BHs   BH. 
   1    3             Mentile Lishen     1600         3       2         0        5      0   17½     114   11½ 
   2    4             Shipindo Rauha    1600        3        3         0       4½    0    17       114     9  
   3    1 WCM Nepando Jolly        1680        1       1         4        1½   0    3½      102     15

Winners of the B-Section
B-Section overall winners:

Rank SNo. Name                          Rtg     Wins   Loses    Pts.    Res.    Fide    BHs    BH. 
   1    2   Kamenje Onesmus          1600      6        1            6         1        23       192½   20  
   2    6   Shatipamba Fillemon      1600      6        1            6         0        25       192      18½ 
   3   11  Hochobeb Mutago          1600      5         2            5        0        22        194      21
Winner of B-Section - Onesmus Kemanje