Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe won the 2012 South African Open with superior tiebreaks over IM Johannes Mabusela, GM Ahmed Adly and Daniel Cawdery. All ended with 9/11. Makoto finished undefeated and drew with both Adly and GM Antonio Fernandes.
Adly was upset by Craig Bornheim in the shock of the tournament and could not overtake Makoto in their round nine encounter. The third Grandmaster in the field was France’s Thal Abergel who ended in a massive seven-way tie for second on 8.5/11. He was upset by WIM Cecile Van Der Merwe, but then won five in a row and lead the field going into the last round. He would lose his encounter against Adly and finish out of first place.