Vice President of the Namibian Chess Federation (NCF) Charles Eichab has described the recently held about junior chess tournament held at Jan Mohr Secondary School with 160 junior contestants as a resounding success.
The juniors were competing for the National Junior Chess Championship which saw participation from in and around the capital, at games which are popularly referred to as the sport of intellects.
The championship was held to determine the NJCC champion as well as age group champions for both male and female junior players and to promote chess as a sport, educational and intellectual outlet amongst the juniors and to improve the standard of junior chess in the country.
According to Eichab, 10 winners out of each age group were selected to take part in the youth chess championship that will be held in South Africa, Russia and Georgia respectively.
“The first place male and female in each age group at the NJCC will automatically qualify to represent Namibia. In the world youth championship and world cadets championship this year,” Eichab said.
He added, the NCF will endeavour to solicit funding for this tournaments however parents may need to provide financial assistance for flight tickets should the NCF fall short in its endeavour.
However some of The Villager spoke to some junior that took part in the competition in relations with the sport of chess.
“I love playing chess and have played in the junior championship that were held in Walvisbay before. Chess is a game that I enjoy, I play it every time I feel like playing,” A under fourteen junior player Taisha Uris said.
Inline for the juniors is also the African schools individual championships that will be held in Zambia, Lusaka in December.
The junior championship forma was a Swiss system tournament played over seven rounds. Juniors took part in age groups of under eight, 10 and 14 while the youth took part in the age group of under 16,18 and 20.
The juniors that took part in the completion were from Khomas, Karas , Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions and the NCF has pumped in close to N$13 000 to make the championship possible The Villager has learn.
“The championship was a great success and we look forward to taking juniors to bigger competitions to represent Namibia. We are looking forward to sponsorship for the upcoming junior champions so that they could take part in bigger competitions,” Eichab said.
He added, this championship are to prepare and teach the juniors more about chess and most of all to educate so parent involvement is very needed.
According to Eichab, some of the juniors are well aware of the game and needs just a little attention from both parents and teachers to polish their skills and knowledge as this platform such as the junior championship gives juniors to compete against their fellow juniors.
“Most of the players here know chess more than an average youth does, this kids are not just having fun they know that it is a competition and to some losing is not part of them having fun,” Eichab said.
60 juniors were selected for the coming tournament that will be held in South Africa, The Villager has learn.