South Africa

Heavy Hitters to vie for South African Invitational Crown!

Briefing sessions are now taking place in South Africa for the upcoming South African IM Invitational scheduled for May. Chief Organizer Jackie Ngubeni has announced the tentative line-up. Four players have tendered verbal commitments while  others have either expressed interest or have pending invitations.

The possible line-up (Title, Name, Country, FIDE rating) is as follows:

NM Stanley Chumfwa (ZAM) 2229
IM David Gluckman
(RSA)2392  verbally committed
IM Robert Gwaze (ZIM) 2280 verbally committed
IM Watu Kobese (RSA) 2412 verbally committed
NM Nase Lungu (ZAM) 2262
NM Malupande Lungu (ZAM) 2295
Solomon Mauba (RSA) UNR
GM Vadim Milov (SUI) 2595
Ofentse Molale (BOT) 2081
FM Stephen Muhammad (USA) 2317
NM Ignatius Njobvu (BOT) 2169
Polite Salani (BOT) 2200
NM Deon Solomons (RSA) 2265
IM Amon Simutowe (ZAM) 2368 verbally committed
IM Mohammed Tissir (MAR)2368

The cross-section of players represent an interesting mix and should result in some spirited match-ups. The event's Steering Committee may recommend a 14-round event in which case players may play two games on one weekend. Further details of confirmations will be announced at least a week prior to the tournament.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 7 April  2002