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Zhemba Jemusse wins 2021 Namibia Open

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Zhemba Jemusse wins 2021 Namibia Open

Zhemba Jemusse of Zimbabwe was the proud winner of the 2021 Namibia Open Chess Tournament. The Windhoek Central Private School was the venue, and the event ran from 19th to 21st November 2021.

Zhemba Jemusse won the event with 5.5 points out of 6 rounds, dropping half a point to CM Dion Moyo. Heskiel Ndahangwapo was runners up with 5 points, and in third place, Rafael Bulezi also had the same 5 points but lower tie-break.

Zhemba Jemusse the winner poses with Heskiel Ndahangwapo who was runners up and in third place, Rafael Bulezi.
Zhemba Jemusse the winner poses with Heskiel Ndahangwapo who was runners up and in third place, Rafael Bulezi.

The event had 38 participants in the Open Section and 13 in the Cadet Section.

In the Ladies Section, which was part of the Open Section, WFM Shipindo Rauha was the winner, followed by WCM Jamie-Nicole Beukes. WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando was third.

Prize winners of the Ladies section. WFM Shipindo Rauha was the winner, followed by WCM Jamie-Nicole Beukes (left) and WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando was third.
Prize winners of the Ladies section. WFM Shipindo Rauha was the winner, followed by WCM Jamie-Nicole Beukes (left) and WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando was third.

There was a major upset in the 5th round when Heskiel Ndahangwapo defeated CM Dion Moyo.

CM Dion Moyo v Heskiel Ndahangwapo

Junior & Cadet Section

In the Junior Section, which was part of the Open Section, William Mashoko won. Kevin Gurirab was second, and Manfredo Goaseb was third.

Left panel Junior Section, William Mashoko winner Kevin Gurirab 2nd place, and Manfredo Goaseb 3rd place. Right panel Cadet section Genius Sihlahla winner Ebenezer Mashoko 2nd place Jacky Chen 3rd place.
Left panel Junior Section, William Mashoko winner Kevin Gurirab 2nd place, and Manfredo Goaseb 3rd place. Right panel Cadet section Genius Sihlahla winner Ebenezer Mashoko 2nd place Jacky Chen 3rd place.

The winners of the Cadet Section were Genius Sihlahla, followed by Ebenezer Mashoko in second place. Jacky Chen was third.

Interesting facts about Zhemba Jemusse

Zhemba Jemusse is a Zimbabwean national who is currently living in Namibia. He won the Zimbabwe National Chess Championship title in 2017 at only 21 years of age.

Zhemba Jemusse is currently the highest-ranked player in Namibia at 2158. On the other hand, IM Dante Beukes, one of the top Namibian players, is rated 2144.

Zhemba Jemusse represented Zimbabwe at the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.

Links

2021 Namibia Open on chess-results.com.

IM Dante Beukes & WCM Lishen Mentile Crowned Namibia Champions

IM Bwalya wins Namibia Open 2018.

CM Charles Eichab elected President of the Namibian Chess Federation.

2021 Namibian Closed Chess Championship – Ladies Section – standing and results.

2021 Namibian Closed Chess Championship – Open Section – standings and results.