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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Zimbabwe 1st FIDE Rated Chess Event: GM Sergey Kasparov wins Easter Chess Open

Hello everyone,

Yes, they have chess apart from cricket in Zimbabwe now. A chess news update via Zimbabwe states GM Kasparov from Belarus has won the Easter Chess event - the first FIDE rated event in the country!

HARARE - Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov of Belarus won the closely -contested 2014 Zimbabwe Easter Open Fide Rated A Section which ended on Monday in Harare.

Kasparov, who narrowly avoided a defeat from Mozambican Candidate Master Persson Abrantes in the second round, had to fight a bruising battle to accumulate a total 5.5 points out of a possible seven.

The Belarusian won the title on a superior tie break after Botswana International Master IM Providence Oatlhotse, also finished on 5.5 points.

The two walked away with $1250 each.

International Master Rodwell Makoto, who led the Zimbabwe team, missed the first round but managed to finish on fourth position with five points, same points with Zambian Andrew Kayonde.

For their efforts Makoto and Kayonde pocketed $675 each.

South African GM designate IM Kenny Solomon shared the spoils on joint fifth position with Zimbabwean top players Elisha Chimbamu, Dion James Moyo and Thabo Elisha on 4.5 points each player winning $212.

“This is the first Fide rated event in the country and it has been a great success. Going forward, the Zimbabwe Chess federation is going to ensure that all chess players in our country are properly registered with Fide so that all tournaments will become rated,” Charles Kuwaza, the Zimbabwe Chess Fedration president, said after the event.

“We are also going to ensure that through our Chess In Schools programs, all our juniors will also properly register with the federation so that we do not miss talent out there.

“The Chess Federation wishes to extend its gratitude to all the sponsors, including the Holiday Inn who made this event a resounding success.” (

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