Dear Chess Friends:
The One Saturday Thematic Chess Event/Series is proving to be a great success! Participants from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi traveled for this particular event.
Once again it was the prowess of the South Africa's IM Watu Kobese who clawed away the 2nd Prize, behind the silicon brain Chess Assistant 8.0. Third was FM Mark Rubery who claimed to be more comfortable with the Caro-Kann than previous opening themes. FM Phemelo Khetho (Elo 2283) of Botswana accounted well for his rating by obtaining 4th place with 6 points. Zimbabwe's rising star Spencer Masango came 5th with 5,5 points. At the 2005 S.A. Open Championships, Masango stunned the crowd when he beat IM Kenny Solomon, the winner, and obtained a credible draw against IM Kobese to come clear 3rd!
The Caro-Kann had its share of surprises when out of the blue Barileng Gaealashwe stole half a point from the Computer top seed with a clever pre-determined move repetition. Thereafter all the top human brains at the event tried to emulate this line to the amusement of spectators… with no success!
The Next event will be on the French Opening, and promises to be a cracker!
Yours in chess,
~ Jackie M.Ngubeni, The Chessco Academy