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South African International Master Watu Kobese competed in the Hastings Masters tournament (ending January 6th) scoring 7-3 for joint 3rd. Nine Grandmasters competed and Valerij Neverov of the Ukraine won with an undefeated 8-2.

Kobese alternated draws and wins in the first four rounds. He was held by 
Francis Rayner (2212) of Wales and Nicholas Tavoularis (2211) of Greece. He then stumbled twice including a loss to GM Mark Hebden and ended the tournament with four consecutive wins.

Other notable players were Israel's
GM Sergey Erenburg (7-2), Russia's GM Vladimir Belov (7-3), 15-year old Ukrainian star GM Yuriy Kuzubov (6-3) and Indian prodigy IM Parimarjan Negi (6-4).

IM Watu Kobese

IM Watu Kobese

Posted by The Chess Drum: 18 January 2006