Chess master off to Namibia

Chess master off to Namibia

MASERU – Lesotho national chess champion Sechaba Khalema is heading to Namibia later this month to participate in the Africa Amateur Chess Championships from December 29 until January 7.

Khalema won the national championship last weekend at Good Night Lodge.
The tournament had six rounds and was rated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Lesotho Chess Federation spokesperson Selatela Khiba said the championship was a success with the majority of the country’s top chess players taking part.

The four best performing players were awarded medals and cash prizes and there were also two additional prizes for juniors.
“The tournament, in general, was very successful because most of our strongest and experienced participants attended so competition was very high; it was not easy for someone to win easily,” Khiba said.

“I think the tournament started to get tougher during round two. After round one, the winners had one point each and then they played each other. Those who won round two then played against each other, so each round was hard. In general, the tournament was not a walk in the park unlike our previous tournaments,” he added.
The big winner was Khalema.

“The national champion was Sechaba Khalema and he received the first prize of M3 500, a trophy, gold medal and a ticket to Namibia to play in the Africa Amateur Chess Championships later this month,” Khiba said.

“The second winner was Theko Khanyapa with 4.5 points (and) he won M2 000 plus a silver medal. Third position was Refiloe Ramakabane (who) got M1 000 plus a bronze medal.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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