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Watu Kobese
W Kobese 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 1990 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2345 (2299 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2403

Overall record: +69 -55 =41 (54.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B87 B86 B32 B89 B76
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C78 C80 C97 C65 C67
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B13 B12 B14
 French Defense (6) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B47 B46 B45
 French (5) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C99 C86 C69 C82 C84
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B90 B42 B30 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 A46 E00 D00 A45
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C99 C86 C85 C91 C84
 King's Indian (5) 
    E92 E81 E69 E67
 English (5) 
    A15 A10 A14 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Kobese vs Leko, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs G Nsubuga, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs S Mikheev, 2008 1-0
   W Kobese vs M Poulsen, 2004 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   W Kobese vs D Davy (Sep-13-16) 1-0
   F Mandizha vs W Kobese (Sep-12-16) 1/2-1/2
   W G P Morales vs W Kobese (Sep-11-16) 1/2-1/2
   W Kobese vs S Tologontegin (Sep-10-16) 1-0
   W Kobese vs Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (Sep-08-16) 1/2-1/2

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WATU KOBESE
(born Jun-27-1973, 44 years old) South Africa

[what is this?]
This IM was 2nd in the strong "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010 http://www.chess-results.com/tnr340.... He is also a FIDE Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Watu Kobese


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Kobese vs B Schneider  1-0341990Badenweiler opB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Blatny vs W Kobese 1-01211991Bad WoerishofenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. W Kobese vs E Dragomarezkij 1-0451991KrumbachB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. W Kobese vs O Korneev  0-1411991Krumbach openC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. T Luther vs W Kobese  ½-½421993AltensteigC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. W Kobese vs Joel Benjamin  0-1471994OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Hracek vs W Kobese  1-0331994OlympiadC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. D Hergott vs W Kobese  ½-½901994OlympiadE92 King's Indian
9. W Kobese vs D Sermek  1-0401994OlympiadB33 Sicilian
10. B Alterman vs W Kobese  1-0581996Erevan ol (Men)A80 Dutch
11. B Zueger vs W Kobese  ½-½451996Erevan ol (Men)A10 English
12. A Sokolov vs W Kobese  1-0341997Groningen,FIDE WCH k.o NEDC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. W Kobese vs A Sokolov  ½-½411997Groningen,FIDE WCH k.o NEDB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. W Kobese vs E Schiller  1-0441998Hawaii (USA)C41 Philidor Defense
15. G Timoshenko vs W Kobese  1-0421998Linares Anibal op 5thA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
16. Degraeve vs W Kobese  1-0451998Ubeda op 3rdC55 Two Knights Defense
17. Fedorowicz vs W Kobese 0-1531998San Francisco MechanicsC47 Four Knights
18. Lautier vs W Kobese  1-0331999Ch World FIDE, Las Vegas (USA)E92 King's Indian
19. W Kobese vs Lautier 0-1231999Ch World FIDE, Las Vegas (USA)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. W Kobese vs I Rausis  1-0471999V OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Leko vs W Kobese 1-0432001FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. W Kobese vs Leko 1-0592001FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB10 Caro-Kann
23. W Morrison vs W Kobese  ½-½342001Wilbert Paige MemC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
24. M Schleifer vs W Kobese  ½-½552001Wilbert Paige MemE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. W Kobese vs A Simutowe  ½-½102001Wilbert Paige MemE92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-12-05  aw1988: This is, if I recall, Africa's strongest player.
Oct-12-05  gadfly: <aw1988>Are you talikng about South Africa (the country) or the African continent as a whole. If it is the continent, I definitely disagree. An example of s higher rated player is Hichem Handouchi from Morocco, with a current ELO of 2574. As a matter of fact, Kobese is currently not even South Africa's highest rated player. George Michelakis has 25 points more than Kobese. If you are talking about peak rating of players, Kobese's best is 2415 which is 10 points lower than Michelakis's current rating. Did not bother to check Michelakis's best rating. I would guess that currently Handouchi is Africa's best player, but I am not completely sure, I must admit.
Oct-12-05  aw1988: Sorry, I did mean South America.
Oct-12-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Since I am lazy, and have done my 'duty' of writing a bio. Here is a wonderful link on IM Watu!!

http://www.thechessdrum.net/talking...

If anyone care to research and write a bio. click on the search google link and you'll get more info!

Oct-29-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Is he massively overweight?
Oct-29-05  aw1988: Africa too, not America.
Apr-28-08  MadBishop: Well currently, he IS the highest rated player in South Africa. Bt I won't let that deter me as I take him on in a simul in July! Watch out Mr Kobese! ;-)
Aug-04-08  myschkin: . . .
The “African Lion” <IM Watu Kobese> won the South African Open 2008 with a staggering 9.5/11 (+8).

At one stage he had eight wins in a row and was only cooled by a draw to IM Thomas Rendle. IM Kenny Solomon came in second on 9/11 with losses to Kobese and Rendle.

http://www.gncu.co.za/html/results1...

Dec-11-08  gambitfan: Kobese Tu Hoang 1996

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May-19-10
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  Tabanus: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...

2nd today in "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010:
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr340..., congratulations!

May-19-10  Raisin Death Ray: Wow! I didn't know George Foreman played chess!
Jun-27-10  wordfunph: Raisin Death Ray: Wow! I didn't know George Foreman played chess!>

lol! happy birthday IM Watu "Foreman" Kobese!

Jun-27-10  Winter: He's more than fit for chessboxing!
Jul-14-12  TaongWalangAlam: Mga kabayan, exercise is also an important part of chess and any other sport. If Kobe Bryant stops exercising, kabayan, he will become like this player Kobese. Oks ba mga kabayan?
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