28 April 2014

Namibia: Mueller, Tjaronda Win Chess Champs

Leonhard Mueller and Nicola Tjaronda took the honours at the 2014 Namibian Chess Championships in Windhoek over the weekend.

Mueller, a Switzerland-based lawyer by profession, flew back to Namibia from his current home in Wettingen to take part in the national tournament.

A media statement issued by the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) on Sunday quoted Mueller as saying that this was one of the strongest nationals he had ever competed in, and he was happy to see chess growing by leaps and bounds in Namibia.

In second place in the men's section was a familiar face in Namibian chess, Candidate Master (CM) Charles Eichab, who recently won the Arandis Open Tournament and the first leg of the Chess Grand Prix earlier this year.

In third place was another veteran player and former president of the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) Max Niztborn, who vowed to make a return to the national team after missing out on a chance to represent Namibia at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey during 2012.

The top three winners in the Open section at this year's nationals are all former Namibian chess champions, and have all represented the country at international level before.

In the women's category, Nicola Tjaronda once again took her place as the Namibian women's chess champion.

Lishen Mentile finished second, while new girl on the block Toshi Haufiku managed to secure her first-ever podium spot third at the nationals by finishing third.

Tjaronda, Mentile and Haufiku have now made it into the women's national team, along with Kamutuua Tjatindi, who finished fourth. Junior players at the event also battled it out for top honours, with Matjiua Kajovi clinching the top spot, followed by William Kamberipa and Immanuel Gariseb.

The NCF used this platform to select the male and female national teams to represent the country at the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway during August, and to also represent Namibia at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo.

- Nampa

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