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Youngest national chess champion set for Olympiad

by John Tuerijama


Namibia’s youngest ever national chess champion since Independence, Nicola Tjaronda, was in a class of her own during the Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) national championships held in the capital last week.
The 13-year-old chess sensation became the country’s youngest champion after beating her nine competitors during the marathon chess championships to clinch the coveted title and be crowned as the 2012 Female Champion.
The Grade Eight learner at the Jan Mohr Secondary School told The Villager Sport that she is extremely happy to represent her country at the 14th  World Chess Olympiad to be hosted later this year in Ankara, Turkey.  
“Though it will be my very first time to be on a plane, my objective is to go do my best to win,” said the jovial chess player.
She added that although she is the youngest team member, she will maintain respect for her fellow competitors and learn more from her teammates and officials.
Tjaronda, being the overall chess women’s competition winner, received a certificate and N$600 prize money.
NCF president, Max Nitzborn had nothing but praises for the young chess player saying that apart from her getting professional training, she is a natural player with superb brilliance for the game.
Nitzborn added that Tjaronda became  Namibia’s youngest junior national chess champion back in 2010 and that he is confident that the 13-year-old will be a thorn in the flesh for many of her competitors in Turkey.
“I am sure she has what it takes to bring home a title and will be accompanied by four other teammates who are also expected to do well at the Olympiad,” stressed Nitzborn.
The NCF president said they will source for sponsorship from the local corporate world while they also have plans to knock on the doors of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) for the same.
Namibia did not send a women’s team to the 2006 Olympiad because of financial constraints but Nitzborn is upbeat that there is nothing stopping his young talented national side from competing at the Olympiad in Turkey this year.