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|Aug-26-07|| ||savagerules: GM doesn't mean the same as it did years ago. With bribe payoffs and bogus tournaments it is almost meaningless these days. Come on, Fridrik Olaffson, he was a weak GM 40 years ago, just think of what his playing level is now.|
|Aug-26-07|| ||dx9293: <savagerules: Come on, Fridrik Olafsson, he was a weak GM 40 years ago...> Relative to the other GMs around in his time, I can't disagree.|
|Aug-26-07|| ||nescio: <<Come on, Fridrik Olafsson, he was a weak GM 40 years ago...> Relative to the other GMs around in his time, I can't disagree.>>|
If people think a player who qualified for the 1959 candidates' tournament is "weak", how would they estimate the level of the players who didn't? But OK, that was almost 50 years ago, not 40.
|Aug-26-07|| ||dx9293: <nescio> Yes, I am aware that he was a Candidate, but still I never thought of him as particularly strong.|
Maybe saying he was "weak" is going a bit too far, however.
|Aug-26-07|| ||nescio: <dx9293: but still I never thought of him as particularly strong.> This is just a wrong impression. As an amateur he didn't play as much as other grandmasters, but when he did, he was succesful. Two examples:
|Aug-27-07|| ||contra: Congratulations to Mr. Amon Simutowe!
And congratulations to the Europe based chessbase site for reporting it with a decent header. They must have had a consciousness awakener recently.
|Aug-27-07|| ||lleznram: mr. amon simutowe i hope you keep up the good work. i love to see you go to the next level. and you will my brother. i am at the crossroads my self. you friend marnzell hand if you would like to holler at me this is my e-mail add firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sep-03-07|| ||THE pawn: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...|
|Sep-12-07|| ||chancho: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/press/n...|
|Sep-14-07|| ||PAWNTOEFOUR: you can always tell when the 'haters' come out to play.....i won't mention any names............congradulations GM SIMUTOWE......|
|Sep-14-07|| ||WannaBe: I've 'met' this very nice young man twice, first time was at the Chicago Open, and then later at the National Open.|
Congratulations to you Amon!!
|Feb-23-08|| ||Samagonka: That's my man. WE FROM THE SAME COUNTRY, so proud of you ba mwine!|
|Mar-06-08|| ||ChessCompFan: Amon Simutowe must follow Maurice Ashley's footsteps.|
|Mar-07-08|| ||socnegoti: http://www.skaksamband.is/index.php...|
a funny story at the reykjavik open in round four:
<Prior to the start of the round IM Amon Simutowe (2457 ZAM) knocked over a glass of water over the chessboard and after the chief arbiter Pall Sigurdsson helped him dry the table and the chessboard Amon went and picked up another glass of water and guess what happened?! .. Yes correct he knocked the second glass of water again over the board>
|Mar-09-08|| ||jon01: Hahaha, what a funny story. It must have been embarrasing to call the arbiter for the second time.|
|Mar-09-08|| ||whiskeyrebel: I've played in a couple events here in Texas he has competed in. He's not a clutz..he's clearly a very strong player.|
|Jul-02-08|| ||Augalv: Dreaming Of Checkmate
Chess is catching on across Africa and beginning to produce some formidable players. Kasparov, beware.
Amon Simutowe learned chess by reading magazines. He was the Zambian national champ by the time he was 14. But a series of dazzling victories at a recent tournament in the Netherlands earned Simutowe, now 25, a permanent place in chess history: he became the first subSaharan African to achieve the notoriously difficult ranking of international grandmaster. At home in his native Lusaka, the local papers exalted in his victory on the front pages.
Chess in America has typically been the reserve of the geeky eccentric, or the rich and effete. But in many parts of Africa, where the game is seen as a powerful tool for intellectual strength and self-improvement, it has developed a broad following. And because chess is so cheap, it is luring players who are just as likely to come from a rural village in Botswana or a South African township as from a European boarding school. Now two homegrown stars—Simutowe and Zimbabwean Robert Gwaze, who won the African Individual Championships last month and is heading toward becoming a grandmaster—are leading the way for other African players to break into the ranks of the world's best. "This is the beginning of a real renaissance," says Lewis Ncube, the Zambian vice president of the World Chess Federation. "In time they'll be able to challenge for the top positions in the world."
Christian missionaries first spread chess throughout Africa in the 19th century. But the continent has generally lagged behind in turning out masters—until now. Since Simutowe first beat British grandmaster Peter Wells in 2000, he has become something of a national hero. He receives hundreds of e-mails from adoring Zambian fans and provides them with daily updates from his tournaments via BlackBerry. Chess now regularly makes the front page of the sports section in The Post of Zambia. And Zambian officials are reportedly considering awarding Simutowe—who earned degrees in finance and economics while on a chess scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas—a diplomatic passport to encourage him to become a global ambassador for African chess. "This is proof that you can come from southern Africa and achieve grandmaster ranking," says Dabilani Buthani, president of the African Chess Union. "It's going to be a boom."
Click here:http://www.newsweek.com/id/42539 to read the full story.
|Sep-26-08|| ||SetNoEscapeOn: They need to do something about the guys glasses or the picture though.|
|Sep-26-08|| ||Augalv: Seems like we are gonna have to initiate another campaign for a picture change.|
|Mar-22-09|| ||GrahamClayton: Simutowe and Daniel Jere were the Zambian team at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad. Simutowe played on Board 1, while Jere played on Board 3. Both players scored 8.5/10, (Both players missed Round 1), enabling Zambia to lose only 2 matches, and draw the other 8.|
|Jul-10-09|| ||TITIKIZA: finally amon is confirmed GM on 8/7/2009|
|Jul-10-09|| ||dx9293: Congratulations!|
|Jul-10-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
This is great news! Congrats GM Simutowe
“The good thing about me was that I was not afraid of losing. When I lost, I found a way to not lose again. Many people would want to give up when they lose, but I was determined.”
Fide card: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...
|Jul-10-09|| ||returnoftheking: Nice..
Donner was right!
|Jul-16-09|| ||BoardLord: Amon will participate in this years Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsø. In connection with this I have written a profile of him you can read at my blog Sjakkfantomet. It's in English. http://sjakkfantomet.blogg.no/12477...|
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