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WIM Anika Du Plessis & Heskiel Ndahangwapo win 2023 Namibia Open

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WIM Anika Du Plessis & Heskiel Ndahangwapo win 2023 RMB Namibia Open

WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa won the Ladies Section of the 2023 RMB Namibia Open with six points out of seven rounds. On the other hand, Heskiel Ndahangwapo of Namibia won the Open Section with the same score of six points out of seven rounds.

Proud winners of the 2023 RMB Namibia Open - WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa and Heskiel Ndahangwapo of Namibia.
Proud winners of the 2023 RMB Namibia Open – WIM Anika Du Plessis of South Africa and Heskiel Ndahangwapo of Namibia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Ladies’ Section, WFM Rauha Mulisa won the silver medal with 5.5 points, while Lutopu Khoa won the bronze with the same number of points but a lower tie-break. The Ladies’ Section of the event saw 23 participants battling it out.

Twenty-three-year-old WIM Anika Du Plessis is one of the top players from South Africa, having won the Ladies Section of the 2019 African Junior Chess Championship held in Kampala, Uganda.

In the Open Section, Simon Bokamoso of Botswana won the silver medal with six points but with a lower tie-break than Heskiel NdahangwapoEvans Chitula of Zambia grabbed the bronze medal with 5.5 points. The Open Section had 50 players taking part.

Top seed IM Dante Beukes found the going tough and only managed to get 5 points. He suffered two painful losses to CM McLean Handjaba in round 4 and to eventual winner and 2023 Namibia National Champion Heskiel Ndahangwapo in round 6.

Namibian U18 Champion Galeshewe Jane, (left) facing IM Dante Beukes who is Namibia's top rated player.
Namibian U18 Champion Galeshewe Jane, (left) facing IM Dante Beukes who is Namibia’s top rated player.

The event, which ran from the 25th to the 28th of May, 2023, was held at the Nictus Cultural Centre, located in the capital city of Windhoek.

RMB was the event’s sponsor and is a leading adviser, arranger and facilitator in the Namibia Debt and Equity Capital Markets.

IM Dante Beukes v CM Handjaba McLean

The playing hall.
The playing hall.
Poster for the 2023 RMB Namibia Open Chess Championship.
Poster for the 2023 RMB Namibia Open Chess Championship.
The prize fund for the 2023 RMB Namibia Open.
The prize fund for the 2023 RMB Namibia Open.

Past winners of the Namibia Open

2022 – NM Goowill Khoa (Ladies – Lutopu Khoa)

2021 – Zhemba Jemusse ( Ladies – WFM Shipindo Rauha).

2018 – IM Gillian Bwalya

2017 – Raphael Nyakansaila

Links

2023 Namibia Open on chess-results.com.

2023 Namibia Open Ladies Section on chess-results.com.

PGN Viewer for the 2023 Namibia Open.

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Article by Kenya Chess Masala.