By: Rodney Pienaar
Ten Namibian chess players will have the opportunity to represent the country at all chess events throughout the year as the draw of the official national chess team scheduled for the 20th to the 24th of March kicks off.
Namibia Chess Federation technical director Mclean Handjaba said, “We will be observing maximum chess in terms of experience and talent. It will be all about the players during the four day of the championships. The Federation is looking forward to sending some of the players to international games such as the All Africa Games that will take place later this year.”
The federation has recorded 16 players who have shown interest in becoming a part of the team.
“This is one of the biggest national games we have had so far but there are still more coming from the federation’s side and we are looking forward to a challenging, fun and difficult time for the players,” he said.
The tournament will consist of two sections, Closed and B section, with both sections being divided into more subsections.
The format of the closed open men’s section will be a round robin tournament played over nine rounds.
Rate of play will be one hour and fifteen minutes plus 30 increments for every move starting from move one.
The games are being played at the Old Power Station shopping center in Armstrong Street, Southern Industrial Area in Windhoek.