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Kenny Solomon started the 2005 South African Open with 7- before an upset loss to Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe allowed reigning Champion Watu Kobese to share the lead.  Both players ended up with 9-1, but Solomon ended with slightly better tiebreaks and was declared the overall champion.  Suvania Moodliar was the women's champion with 7-4.

Kobese was hurt by draws to
M. Lewis and   "Master Killer" Masango hurting his title defense. Masango finished 3rd on  8-2 while compatriot FM Farai Mandizha finished 4th on 8-3. Solomon's victory was a welcome site given his disappointing 7-4 result in last year's Open. These players will no doubt see each other again in the upcoming African Championships in Lusaka, Zambia  in October.


IM Kenny Solomon, 2005 South African Champion

IM Kenny Solomon
2005 South African Open Champion
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Posted by The Chess Drum: 15 July 2005