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Monday, May 23, 2011

Namibia gets their national chess champions: Max B. Nitzborn and Rauha Shipindo

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Hello everyone,

Some great chess news all the way from Namibia. Max B. Nitzborn has become the National Chess Champion of Namibia. He led for four rounds and didn't look back winning the title with one round to spare. His final result was 21/24 and was followed in second place by Candidate Master Charles Eichab with 19/24 and in third place was 2008 Champion Frans Dennis with 18/24.

Meanwhile, in the women's category, Rauha Shipindo finished first with 13/24 to be crowned women's champion. She was followed by Lishen Mentile in second place, who scored 12/24, and in third place was Camy Nitzborn, also with 12/24.

The winner of the junior section is Silvester Nanyala, who scored an impressive 18/24 and was fourth overall. Nanyala defeated Goodwill Khoa in their final battle. He was followed by 15-year-old Immanuel Gariseb, who led the section from round two but could not claim victory at the end as he drew his last game and had to settle for second place with 16/24 points. Christo Retief, who defeated a Candidate Master and a top senior player in the last round, was third, scoring 15/24 to clinch the bronze medal in the junior section.

A total of 42 chess players registered and eight rounds of chess where played over six days at the Protea Hotel Thuringerhof. Official sponsor Sanlam Namibia donated N$19 000 towards the hosting of the sixth nationals. You can read the official press release at this linkIt is fantastic that the chess planet of ours grows. Wow.

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