2015 Zimbabwe Open (Harare, Zimbabwe)

The 2015 Zimbabwe Open is currently taking place in the nation’s capital. The tournament has received the sponsorship of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and aspires to offer chances for the IM norm. The event will be taking place at the New Ambassador Hotel in Harare from 28th December until the 1st January 2016. According to a quote published by the Herald newspaper in Zimbabwe, Zim Chess President
Charles Kuwaza stated,

“This year’s tournament marks a turning point in Zimbabwe’s chess development because for the first time, the tournament will be a Fide-rated event, showing that Zimbabwe’s chess is now of international standard.”

The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz with Charles Kuwaza of Zimbabwe
at 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

This tournament required players to have FIDE rating in excess of more than 2000+ and offered a prize pool of US$3500! In addition, there is also an tournament which offers a further US$1500 in prizes! Zambians dominate the list of top seeds and the top Zim players are absent.

2015 Zimbabwe Open
28 December 2015 – 1 January 2015 (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Participants
#
Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Kayonde Andrew CM Zambia
2361
2 Bwalya, Gillan IM Zambia
2313
3 Oatlhotse, Providence IM Botswana
2309
4 Chumfwa, Stanley IM Zambia
2307
5 Chumfwa, Kelvin IM Zambia
2283
6 Phiri, Richmond IM Zambia
2249
7 Mushore, Emarald Zimbabwe
2201
8 Kaulule, Siame Kela Zambia
2159
9 Chimbamu, Elisha Zimbabwe
2157
10 Masango, Spencer Zimbabwe
2148
11 Phiri, Gondwin Zambia
2146
12 Jilowa, Tito Zambia
2125
13 Munenga, Douglas Zambia
2117
14 Kahoba, Lewis Zimbabwe
2114
15 Sibanda, Kudakwashe Zimbabwe
2107
16 Moyo, Dion James CM Zimbabwe
2083
17 Sibanda, Castro Bekithemba Zimbabwe
2071
18 Abrantes, Persson CM Mozambique
2051
19 Dimba, James CM Zambia
2083
20 Janyure, Farai Zimbabwe
2020
(Results, Games)

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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