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2018 African Amateur Chess Championship

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2018 African Amateur Chess Championship.

The 2018 African Amateur Chess Championship took place at the  Klein Windhoek Guest House, Windhoek, Namibia.  The event ran from 30th December 2018 (arrival) to7th  January 2019 (Departure).

This interesting event is run in 3 sections and includes U2300, U2000 and U1700.

The cash prizes in this event are modest (U2300 – USD 1,000), U2000 – USD 750, U1700 – USD 500).  However each winner receives the right to take part in the 2019 World Amateur Chess Championships! This includes the air-tickets and free accommodation in a double room.

This year’s edition takes place in Mexico City in Mexico from 23rd to 29th April 2019.

The U2000 had a total of 16 players, the U2000 had 26 players and the U1700 had 19 players.  The ladies had only one section which had a total of 19 players.

The success of the event can be measured by the fact that a total of 11 African federations were present.  Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Seychelles, Malawi and host Namibia.

Kenya has never taken part in this event.

Details of players and winners.

An interesting player in this event was non-other than Dr Shabir BhawoodienDr Shabir Bhawoodien is the 2003 World Amateur Champion.  He was also runners up in the 1995 Kenya Open Chess Championship.

Dr Shabir Bhawoodien of South Africa in action.
Dr Shabir Bhawoodien of South Africa in action.

Leeroy Mpala of Zimbabwe who was unrated at the start of the event was the winner in the U1700.  Junior Mncwabe of South Africa was 2nd and Theko Khanyapa of Lesotho was third.

The playing hall.
The playing hall.

Joster Kandangwe of Zambia was the winner in the U2000 section.  Fishan Mwagomba of Malawi was second and CM Immanuel Gariseb of Namibia was third.

Winners in the U2000 section standing from left - CM Immanuel Gariseb (third place) of Namibia, Joster Kandangwe (winner)of Zambia in the U2000 and Fishan Mwagomba (second place) of Malawi.
Winners in the U2000 section standing from left – CM Immanuel Gariseb (third place) of Namibia, Joster Kandangwe (winner)of Zambia in the U2000 and Fishan Mwagomba (second place) of Malawi.

The U2300 was the most interesting section.  CM James Dimba of Zambia was the winner and FM Shabier Bhawoodien of South Africa was second.  Musatwe Simutowe of Zambia was third.

CM Musatwe Simutowe of Zambia (left) in action CM Anton Goosen of South Africa.
CM Musatwe Simutowe of Zambia (left) in action against CM Anton Goosen of South Africa.
CM James Dimba of Zambia winner of th U2300 Section.
CM James Dimba of Zambia winner of the U2300 Section.

The Ladies section was won by Constance Mbatha of Zambia with 8 points.  She tied with Peninah Nakabo of Uganda with the same number of points but Peninah had a lower tie break.

WCM Rose Zeko of Zambia was third with 6.5 points.

Winners of the Ladies Section. Standing from left WCM Rose Zeko of Zambia ( 3rd place), Constance Mbatha of Zambia (winner) & with Peninah Nakabo of Uganda (second place).
Winners of the Ladies Section. Standing from left WCM Rose Zeko of Zambia ( 3rd place), Constance Mbatha of Zambia (winner) & with Peninah Nakabo of Uganda (second place).

Machobane Moemedi v Shabier Bhawoodien

Musatwe Simutowe v James Dimba

Interesting facts about Namibia

Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming cheetahs and black rhinos.

Namibia is one of only two countries in the world that has desert elephants!

They have adapted to their semi-desert environment by developing a smaller body mass, longer legs and larger feet. That enables them to travel for miles across sand dunes to reach water.

The country gets its name from the Namib Desert – one of the world’s oldest deserts

Despite its low population, Namibia is still home to 13 different ethnic groups.    These includes the Himba, Herero, Damara and the Ovambo who are the dominant tribe.

Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990.

The capital and the largest city is Windhoek.

Namibia became a German colony in 1884 under Otto von Bismarck in response to British encroachment.

Namibia was known as German South West Africa. (Deutsch-Südwestafrika).

The currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) and South African Rand (SAR).

Sossusvlei Sand Dunes are some of the highest in the world. They are one of Namibia’s most impressive sights.

Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world.  It has a population of less than 2 million in a country which is 40% bigger than Kenya.  Only Mongolia is less populous

Links

Standings & Results 2018 African Amateur Chess Championship.

IM Bwalay wins 2018 Namibia Open.

2018 African Amateur Individual Chess Championships Invitation.