IM Robert Gwaze is not the only Zimbabwean who can win nine games in a row in an important tournament. Rodwell Makoto won the Zimbabwean National Championship with a perfect 9/9. This dominance follows his credible showing at the African Individuals back in June. His strong showing may identify him as a rising talent in Africa.
To put Makato’s performance in perspective, Spencer Masango finish far back with 5½ points while Farai Masanganise, Elisha Chimbamu, Dion Moyo and Bismark Bhobhojani had 5 points. Lloyd Moyo had 3½, Emerald Mushore 3, Lewis Kahoba 2½ and Byron Gurajena had 1½.
In the Candidates Castro Sibanda got joint first with Hamilton Mandeya on 8/9, but won on Bucholz tiebreaks. In the third slot was Musekiwa on 7½ points. Tied on 7 points were Munyaradzi Chivende, Gift Sithole, Anesu Masimba, Elisha Thabov, Sherperd Chimhungwe and Givson Malije.
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