Jul 17 2009

Amon Simutowe wins SA Chess Open 2009


Amon Simutowe wins SA Chess Open 2009, and is the first FIDE Grandmaster in sub-Saharan Africa

It was a week of firsts for the 2009 SA Chess Open. Amon Simutowe, a 27 year old Zambian chess player, won the 2009 SA Chess Open on 11 July, and became the first FIDE Grandmaster in sub-Saharan Africa in the same week. The SA Open was also the first FIDE rated tournament to include online matches.

The SA Open 2009, sponsored by ChessCube, was the strongest SA Open ever, with 5 International Masters and 3 Grandmasters competing. For chess players, the tournament also featured FIDE rated online matches with three participants joining in from Australia.

Simutowe at ChessCube

Simutowe competes at ChessCube

Although Grandmaster Gawain Jones led the tournament for several rounds, playing all of his matches online using ChessCube’s live chess platform, it was the 27 year old Zambian Amon Simutowe who took home the title.

“The SA Open 2009 demonstrated that online matches are viable and such participants will become increasingly common in over the board tournaments,” says Mark Levitt, CEO and founder of ChessCube. “It was very encouraging to see the enthusiastic participation of the players in this chess tournament world first.”

Chess is truly a sport that brings people from around the world together. Grandmaster Simutowe has travelled to over 40 countries playing chess, and the SA Open 2009 saw participants from over 14 countries converge on Cape Town to compete. Although ChessCube is based out of South Africa, it boasts users from over 200 countries. While chess has always enabled top players to travel the world to play matches, the Internet now allows players from anywhere on the globe to play each other online.

ChessCube is proud to have been a proponent of this exciting new development in chess tournaments.

Jul 15 2009

SA Open 2009: winners and results


The SA Open 2009 came to a close on Saturday 11 July. Amon Simutowe of Zambia won the SA Open, and also became a FIDE Grandmaster in the same week.

All results can be found on the SA Open 2009 website, and the top 30 players are listed below:

===    =======    =====    ==============
1    1    ZAM    SIMUTOWE, A
2    2    ENG    JONES, G
3    3    NZL    WANG, P
4    3    UKR    KOMAROV, D
5    3    RSA    VAN DER NAT,
6    6    RSA    MOSETHLE, KK
7    6    ZIM    MAKOTO, R
8    6    RSA    VAN RENSBURG
9    6    ZAM    SIMUTOWE, M
10    6    ZIM    MOYO, L
11    6    GER    LOCHTE, T
12    6    RSA    STEENKAMP, J
13    6    HUN    KISS, P
14    6    ZAM    PHIRI, R
15    6    RSA    MEYER, GC
16    16    RSA    MABUSELA, JM
17    16    RSA    WEIDEMAN, HJ
18    16    RSA    DOLE, A
19    16    RSA    DE VILLIERS,
20    16    RSA    SOLOMONS, DM
21    16    RSA    MEINTJES, JC
22    16    AUS    RUJEVIC, M
23    16    ZIM    CHIMBAMU, E
24    16    RSA    REDFORD, SJ
25    16    RSA    KLAASEN, CJ
26    16    RSA    DAVIES, JS
27    27    RSA    MATHE, LD
28    27    RSA    WILLENBERG,
29    27    RSA    NELSON, WJH
30    27    MAW    MBEDZA, R

Congratulations to all the participants. We will be posting pictures and feedback from the event.