Heskiel Ndahanguapo is the 2023 Namibian Chess Championship
Heskiel Ndahanguapo won the 2023 Namibian Chess Championship that ended last weekend at the Nictus Cultural Centre in Windhoek.
He won the event with 7.5 points out of nine rounds to grab his maiden national title.
CM Charles Eichab and Bernard Schwarz were in second place with 6.5 points each. CM Charles Eichab had a better tiebreak and was declared the runner-up, while Bernard Schwarz took third place.
WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando was declared the winner of the Ladies’ Section of the same event. She won the event with 8 points out of 9 rounds, with seven wins and two draws.
WFM Rauha Mulisa was runners-up with 7.5 points.
Lucia Namushinga and WCM Jamie-Nicole Beukes were in third place with 6 points. However, Lucia Namushinga earned the bronze medal as she had a better tiebreak.
The event ran from 17th to 21st March 2023, with ten players in each section.
The B-Section section
Philip Mootseng, with eight points, and WCM Lishen Mentile, with 5 points, were the winners of the event’s Open and Ladies’ category of the B Section. Both players booked their spots in the 2024 Namibian Chess Championship.
Selection of players for the 2023 Namibian Closed Chess Championship
The Namibia Chess Federation introduced a new selection process in 2017.
- Top three players of the previous year
- Highest FIDE rated player in the country
- B-Section winner of the last year
- Top 5 players from the Qualifying tournament of the current year:
Past Namibia National Champions
2001 – CM Charles Eichab.
2002 – FM Leonhard Muller.
2003 – Werner Tjipueja.
2004 – CM Otto Nakapunda.
2005 – Helmuth Leicher.
2006 – Reuben Beukes.
2007 – CM Charles Eichab.
2008 – Frans Dennis.
2009 – CM Charles Eichab.
2010 – Leonhard Mueller.
2011 – Max Nitzborn.
2012 – CM Charles Eichab.
2013 – Goodwill Khoa.
2014 – Leo Muller.
2015 – CM Charles Eichab.
2016 – CM Charles Eichab.
2017 – Dante Beukes.
2018 – CM Charles Eichab.
2019 – Dante Beukes.
2020 – Event not held due to the Covid pandemic.
2021 – Dante Beukes
2022 – CM Charles Eichab
Article by Kenya Chess Masala.