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Robert Gwaze
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 2000 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2422 (2459 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2454
Overall record: +17 -17 =5 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B90 B30 B27 B78 B81
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B42 B43 B40
 Sicilian Kan (4) 
    B42 B43
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(born 1982) Zimbabwe

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Born in Harare, Gwaze is an IM with two GM norms* and is Zimbabwe's top player. He won the African Junior in 1998, and was Zimbabwean junior and senior national champion at 15. In 2002, he won the individual gold medal at the Bled Olympiad for board one, winning all 9 games (****) he played. In 2007, he won the African Championship which qualified him to play at the World Cup (2009) where he lost in round one to Alexey Shirov. He won the Gaborone Open (Botswana) 2010 and the strong "Taça CUCA SA" tournament in Angola, 13-19 May 2010.** He also won the African Zonal 4.3 qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2011); there he faced and bowed out to Ukrainian super-GM and former FIDE Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in the first round.

References: * ** , *** Wikipedia article: Robert Gwaze , **** Wikipedia article: World records in chess

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Gwaze vs M Marin  ½-½49 2000 34th OlympiadB07 Pirc
2. K Bhowany vs R Gwaze  0-116 2001 ch-AfricaA16 English
3. R Gwaze vs S Belouadah 0-166 2001 ch-AfricaB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. R Gwaze vs Y Aronov  0-152 2001 ch-AfricaB40 Sicilian
5. R Gwaze vs M Henni  1-058 2001 ch-AfricaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. R Gwaze vs H Hamdouchi  0-138 2001 ch-AfricaB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
7. O Molale vs R Gwaze  0-137 2001 ch-AfricaB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. K Ben Nasser vs R Gwaze  0-135 2001 ch-AfricaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Gwaze vs C Domingos  0-188 2001 ch-AfricaB30 Sicilian
10. A Simutowe vs R Gwaze 1-024 2001 ch-AfricaE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
11. R Gwaze vs T Nyback  1-029 2002 Bled OlympiadB07 Pirc
12. A Obodchuk vs R Gwaze  0-190 2002 Bled OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. S Williams vs R Gwaze  ½-½79 2003 Portsmouth opE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
14. R Gwaze vs P K Wells  0-139 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
15. R Gwaze vs M Lyell 1-040 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC55 Two Knights Defense
16. Hebden vs R Gwaze  ½-½90 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. J Rudd vs R Gwaze  1-039 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
18. R Gwaze vs C Briscoe  1-079 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC55 Two Knights Defense
19. J Houska vs R Gwaze 0-143 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. S Williams vs R Gwaze  0-126 2004 Hastings Challengers 0304E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. R Gwaze vs A Greet  0-163 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsC02 French, Advance
22. R Gwaze vs I Snape  1-036 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
23. F Rayner vs R Gwaze  0-142 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. A Bigg vs R Gwaze  0-130 2004 Smith & Williamson British ChampionshipsB06 Robatsch
25. R Gwaze vs Kiril D Georgiev  0-159 2005 2nd Coventry Chess InternationalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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  jahhaj: In a team swiss scoring 100% just means that you are significantly stronger than your team mates. Still you have to be a reasonable player to draw with Hebden.
Apr-01-06  pfz: Seems to have become a chess trainer with the Asean Chess Academy in Singapore, which has imported about 30 NMs, FMs, IMs & GMs from several countries.

Sep-10-07  Manu2: He won the Africa Individual Chess Championships in Namibia this last weekend 10/09/2007.
Sep-10-07  chessdrummer: All of the information from "The Zimbabwean" was taken from two specific links. They basically plagiarized without providing the source.

Gwaze is certainly a fine talent.

Oct-06-07  KFitzgerald: Here is an interesting article about Gwaze.

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  GrahamClayton: Gwaze was due to compete in the "Max Euew Stimulans" Tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2008, but due to the recent political turmoil in Zimbabwe and problems with visas, he was unable to attend. Hopefully he will be able to compete in future international tournaments.
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  GrahamClayton: <Kaspy2>Robert Gwaze is the guy who scored 100% at the olympiad Bled 2002. No other managed to do the same. the african FISCHER

Gwaze's perfect score of 9/9 equalled the record set by Alexander Alekhine at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad. They are the only 2 players to have recorded a 100% score while playing at least 9 games at an Olympiad.

Jul-28-09  VLADMNIK: Gwaze is reigning african individual champion but he also did not participate in this year's edition due to visa problems
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  whiteshark: "Finally Zimbabwean top board Robert Gwaze made history - <thanks mainly to the low place his team occupied throughout the competition> - as he turned in a perfect score of 9/9!"

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  Tabanus: FIDE page:

Winner of Gaborone Open (Botswana) 2010:, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: Winner today of the "Taça CUCA SA" tournament in Angola, 13-19 May 2010:, congratulations!

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  dakgootje: Note his rating performance was only 2313 due to weak opposition [won against a couple of unrated players].
Feb-26-11  64rutor: Will Gwaze be next African GM?
Article written by Daaim Shabazz:
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  wordfunph: just curious to visit this page coz IM Gwaze amassed $200 bookie bet to win over Pono in the World Cup.
Jan-10-12  Albertan: "Katowa stuns Gwaze in chess finalz" :
Nov-10-12  akinov: Gwaze is indeed a great talent !! looking forward to him crowning it with the Grand master title !!
Feb-20-14  AnMN7: Gwaze deserves more <respect>
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  perfidious: Why?

Respect is not handed out as though it were candy-one must earn it.

Jan-09-15  Severin: Is he the reason why they started giving out board prizes based on performance rating? Because getting first board prize with a rating of 2313 is an embarrassment...
Oct-26-15  zanzibar: ChessDB has a nice series of pictures of him:

Just click on the image to cycle through them.

(I wish <CG> had a similar feature, for those players whose career spans decades, etc.).

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  alexmagnus: Gwaze' opponents in that 9/9 score were not all weak... Actually, due to that score he has a Carlsen number of 2 (Gwaze beat Nybäck who beat Carlsen in 2008).
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  alexmagnus: Here are those opponents (Gwaze himself was 2280):

Nybäck 2445 (29 moves)
Roedgaard 2345 (105 moves)
Obodchuk 2423 (90 moves)
Hassan 2296 (64 moves)
Gluckman 2384 (44 moves)
Wong 2297 (42 moves)
Gajadin 2192 (18 moves)
Borigas unrated (33 moves)
Almannai unrated (27 moves)

I wonder how some here calculated his performance at 2300. Did they take the unrated players as 0 or what? Even then it should be more. And Borigas was probably more like 2000 level (he has 1885 today and is quite old, born 1958)

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  alexmagnus: In other words, even if we take unrated players as 0, here is the lower bound for his performance in that event after each round

1 2635
2 2733
3 2821
4 2848
5 2890
6 2910
7 2913
8 2644
9 2438

That is, if we take the last two players as rated <zero>. Putting them both at 2000 brings that number to 2882.

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  offramp: It's annoying that he has so few games in the database. Only a dozen games from the last 10 years! Is he on an educational hiatus, such as Reshevsky had? I suppose he is 22 now, so if he has been at Uni then he might soon be released again into the chess world.
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  alexmagnus: Yea, even that 9-game-streak is not here (only two of the nine - against Nybäck and Obodchuk). The other seven are to be found on the olimpbase site.
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