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.
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.
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.
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.