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CM Charles Eichab elected President of the Namibian Chess Federation

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CM Charles Eichab elected President of the Namibian Chess Federation

CM Charles Eichab is the newly elected President of the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF).  The federation which was registered in 1991 held the elections on 30th November 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia.

CM Charles Eichab newly elected President of the Namibian Chess Federation in action during the 2016 Baku Olympiad. Photo credit Kim Bhari.
CM Charles Eichab newly elected President of the Namibian Chess Federation in action during the 2016 Baku Olympiad. Photo credit Kim Bhari.

CM Charles Eichab is one of the top players in Namibia having won the National Championship a record seven times! He has also represented Namibia in ten Olympiads. His first Olympiad was in 1998 and then the 2002 – 2018 editions.

Affectionately known as the ‘Lion of Namibia‘ for his chess exploits he is also a teacher by profession.

Past Namibia National Champions

2001 – Charles Eichab.

2005 – Helmuth Leicher.

2006 – Reuben Beukes.

2007 – Charles Eichab.

2008 – Frans Dennis.

2009 – Charles Eichab.

2010 – Leonhard Mueller.

2011 – Max Nitzborn.

2012 – Charles Eichab.

2013 – Goodwill Khoa.

2014 – Leo Muller.

2015 – Charles Eichab.

2016 – Charles Eichab.

2017 – Dante Beukes.

2018 – Charles Eichab.

2019 – Dante Beukes.

Interesting facts about Namibia

Namibia gets its name from the Namib Desert, which is the oldest desert in the world.

Namibia became a German colony in 1884 under Otto von Bismarck.   It was then known as German South West Africa (Deutsch-Südwestafrika).

At the 1919 Treaty of Versalilles, it was renamed South West Africa.  At the same time it became a territory of South Africa as a League of Nations mandate.

The name was changed from South West Africa to Namibia on 12th June 1968.

The country officially became independent on 21 March 1990. Sam Nujoma was sworn in as the first President of Namibia.

The population is 2.4 million, with about 30 different languages.  

English, Oshiwambo, German, and Afrikaans are some of the most commonly spoken languages.  English is the recognised official language.

Namibia has one of the largest concentrations of rock art in Africa

It also has the largest population of free-roaming cheetahs in the world

The Skeleton Coast along the Namibian coast is the world’s biggest grave-site for sailors and ships. Several sailors have died at this coast, given the dense fog and the violent storms in the area. 

Links

IM Bwalay wins 2018 Namibia Open.

Namibia Chess Federation elects new President.

Namibia Chess Federation website.