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Heskiel Ndahanguapo is the 2023 Namibian Chess Championship

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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.

Heskiel Ndahanguapo & WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando the winners of the 2023 Namibian Chess Championship in the Open and Ladies' Section respectively.
Heskiel Ndahanguapo & WCM Jolly-Joice Nepando the winners of the 2023 Namibian Chess Championship in the Open and Ladies’ Section respectively.
The 2004 Namibian Chess Champion CM Otto Nakapunda (lef) taking on the 2018 Namibian Chess Champion in a game that ended in a draw.
The 2004 Namibian Chess Champion CM Otto Nakapunda (lef) taking on the 2018 Namibian Chess Champion in a game that ended in a draw.

Open Section cross table.
Open Section cross table.

Ladies Section

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 happy prize winners pose for a group photo.
The happy prize winners pose for a group photo.
WCM Jamie Nicole-Beukes takes on Patience Tsuses in a game that she won.
WCM Jamie-Nicole Beukes takes on Patience Tsuses in a game that she won.
Ladies' Section cross table.
Ladies’ Section cross table.
Poster for the event.
Poster for the event.

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

Links

2023 Namibian Chess Championship on chess-results.com.

CM Charles Eichab & WFM Shipindo crowned 2022 Namibian Champions.

Jemusse Zhemba wins 2021 Namibia Open.

IM Dante Beukes & WCM Lishen Mentile Crowned 2021 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.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.