The first six players of this event will qualify for the World Cup that will be hosted in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, later this year. The total prize money of $250 000 is sponsored by FIDE (Fédération Internationale Des Échecs), the World Chess Federation.
The NCF said this is also a great opportunity for local chess talent to improve their international chess rating and obtain FIDE chess titles. "Three Namibian men and two women will be allowed to battle with the best of the best in Africa. An arbiter's course will also be facilitated by Werner Stubenvoll from September 1 to 8," it said.
Grandmaster Ahmed Adley from Egypt (upper right) will defend his title against the likes of GM Amin Bassem of Egypt, GM Hicham Hamdouchi from Morocco, GM Belkhodjia Slim from Tunisia, IM Arab Adlane from Algiers and IM Amon Simutowe from Zambia.
Others in action include IM Robert Gwaze from Zimbabwe, IM Watu Kobese from South Africa and IM George Michelakis from South Africa, while IM Kenny Solomon from South Africa and Namibia's national chess masters, Charles Eichab and Werner Tjipueja, will also be in contention.
The NFC invites the public to come and watch the games.