Archive for the 'Zimbabwe' Category

IM Gillian Bwalya Zambia has proven to be one of the most promising federations in sub-Saharan Africa. Having produced the first GM in the region in Amon Simutowe, the players have established quite a tradition and showed their mettle in the 2010 Olympiad coming in 47th after being ranked 121st. However, their neighbor Zimbabwe has […]

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Can Robert Gwaze resurrect the magic from 2002? Photo by Cathy Rogers. Zimbabwe has named its team to compete in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. The team consists of veterans and newcomers alike. IM Robert Gwaze will lead the tables for Zimbabwe as he will play in his 5th Olympiad. It was in […]

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From Clive Mphambela on Facebook… Friends please note that the Zim Open is on 29th Dec to 1st January 2013. Entry Fees are $10.00 Adults $5.00 Scholars. $20.00 will be paid by Visitors. IM’s Chitumbo Mwale, Gwaze, Mabusela, FM Makoto Are invited and will be exempt from entry fees. They will be paid for by […]

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Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit back and enjoy these short […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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It has been almost nine years since IM Robert Gwaze won a gold medal by scoring a sizzling 9/9 at the 2002 Chess Olympiad. There has been question of his whereabouts and activities. Most of his fans would like to know what he is doing to pursue the Grandmaster (GM) title. Gwaze is currently in […]

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IM-elect Farai Mandizha Zimbabwe’s Farai Mandizha tied for first place in the strong Liberty Bell Open this past weekend. GM Alexander Shabalov, GM Sergey Kudrin and IM Marc Esserman also score atop the field with 5.5/7. Mandizha earned his third IM norm last year and is still waiting on conferral of his title. In this […]

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The Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) is hosting their Open Championship beginning New Year’s Day and hope attract the continent’s best and brightest players. The press release stated that more than 200 “mental gymnasts” are expected to compete. ZCF President Charles Kuwaza was optimistic about attracting a strong field. We have some of the best players […]

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Farai Mandizha is a long way from his home in Zimbabwe, but over the past few years has made a presence in the U.S. chess scene. Over this time he has made an impression in his New York base and has now achieved the difficult task of earning the International Master (IM) title in the […]

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