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Charles Eichab (left), Development Officer at the Namibia Chess Federation and organiser of the Kehat Beukes Memorial Chess Tournament, Sanet de Waal, Communication Practitioner: Stakeholder Engagement at Bank Windhoek and Otta Nakapunda, President of the Namibia Chess Federation. Eichab is the new national chess champion.

Charles Eichab is Namibia’s new chess champion following two days of intensive chess between the most prominent established and upcoming local players. Eichab is the development officer of the Namibia Chess Federation. The top young chess players gathered in Windhoek on 27 and 28 December 2014 to take part in the Kehat Beukes Memorial Chess Tournament, hosted by the Namibia Chess Federation.

This tournament is the longest running chess event on the calendar of the Namibia Chess Federation and is a celebration of the life of Dr Kehat Beukes, who was the president of the Namibia Chess Federation. Beukes founded the tournament, then known as the Swakopmund International Chess Tournament in 1994. “Chess has been man’s principle form of mental recreation for over 2000 years. With more than 860 million chess players around the world this age old game can still be used to instil new strengths in its practitioners,” said Eichab. “The Kehat Beukes Tournament is one of the longest running tournaments in the country and has attracted hundreds of players over the past 20 years. It is one of the longest running events on the sports calendar and Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with this tournament,” said Riaan van Rooyen, Head of Corporate Communication and Social Investment at Bank Windhoek.

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