IM Amon Simutowe of Zambia wins silver at 2000 Olympiad!!

Zambia

The 34th Chess Olympiad was held in Istanbul, Turkey this past December and the usual teams dominated the field. However, IM Amon Simutowe of Zambia began to attract attention with his string of impressive wins which netted him a 2603 performance rating and a silver medal on board one. His current FIDE rating has ballooned to 2462 up from 2322 held at the Olympiad.  Simutowe tallied a score of 8-2 including a 117-move win over IM Gregory Kastanieda (2457) of  Peru. All of 19 years old, he has been blazing trails on the African continent and abroad. He scored a respectable 6-4 in the 2000 British Championship. Amon lost in the first round of the recent FIDE World Knockout Championship to fellow 19-year old, GM Krishnan Sasikiran (2601) of India. Despite losing by 1-, he's gaining valuable experience.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 12 February 2001