Namibia set to host African Championships

Namibia has released a statement concerning the 2007 African Championships. 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) and another N$80,000 has been added by Icelandic International Development Agency (Iceida). One may remember a recent press release on the Iceland-Namibia chess partnership.

In the release, it states that,

Grandmaster Ahmed Adley from Egypt 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.

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