Namibian chess whiz kid off to Spain

14 September 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Eight-year-old, Ottilie Yorokee Hinda, who made history by winning a gold medal at the African Youth Chess Championship that was held in Kisumu,
Kenya in August, will represent Namibia in Spain at the world cadet chess championship, starting from 3 to 16 November.     
After Spain, Hinda will represent Namibia at the African youth championships in Botswana, from 28 November to 4 December.
Hinda, a grade two learner at St. Paul’s Primary School in Windhoek, visited the Windhoek Observer this week with her mother, Menencia Hinda, for an interview.
In the interview, the outspoken young chess player said she was nervous before she won the African youth crown.
“I was not sure that I was going to win. After I lost the eighth round, I was afraid that I was going to lose. I then went to another room and started watching television just to refresh my mind, and after that I went back and won round nine,” Hinda said.
At eight, Hinda has already been to Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Lusaka (Zambia), and she is enjoying every moment of her life.
Hinda, who has been a national champion in the girls U-8 category since 2016, said she feels like she is on top of the world after winning the African youth championship.
“It feels very good to be champion. My next step is to win the girls U-13 national titles,” said Hinda who is the youngest Woman Candidate Master (WCM) in Africa.
Menencia accompanies her daughter whenever she travels outside the country, which means that the mother normally has to dig deep in her pocket to cover her personal expenses.
“At times it is only her flight tickets that are covered, while I have to cover my own expenses,” Menencia said.
Hinda will also take part in the World Cadet Chess Championship that will take place in Weifang, China next year.
“In China, the African Chess Federation will cover her flight tickets, while the African Chess Federation will cover her accommodation and not mine. This means that I will have to look for money to cover my expenses. I am just appealing for financial support,” Menencia said.


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