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|Mar-22-09|| ||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|
|Sep-05-09|| ||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!"|
|Apr-12-10|| ||Tabanus: FIDE page: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...|
Winner of Gaborone Open (Botswana) 2010:
|May-19-10|| ||Tabanus: Winner today of the "Taça CUCA SA" tournament in Angola, 13-19 May 2010:|
|Jun-27-10|| ||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:
|Aug-24-11|| ||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>|
|Feb-20-14|| ||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.).
|Feb-25-16|| ||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).|
|Feb-25-16|| ||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)
|Feb-26-16|| ||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|
That is, if we take the last two players as rated <zero>. Putting them both at 2000 brings that number to 2882.
|Feb-26-16|| ||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.|
|Feb-26-16|| ||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.|
|Jul-01-16|| ||SimplicityRichard: This thread has quite a number of issues in discussion. |
1. Chess Rating
2. African Chess
3. Africa in General.
I have often thought that African players may be seriously underrated due to the fact that they play less tournaments with few or no elite players at that. This means that the rating of good African players cannot rise because they are generally playing and winning against lower rated players. I began to feel this way after GM Ahmed Adly won the 2007 Youth World Championship by crushing very strong GMs in his wake. Ahmed was only rated around 2300 at the time. The following year Ahmed beat Carlsen in their individual game.
It is now evident to me that chess rating though indicative of chess strength, is affected by the region of chess activity and is thus an unreliable predictor of real chess strength between players from different parts of the world. There is an article by one of our Kibitzer's on this subject. I believe it might be <visayanbraindoctor>.
On the issue of Gwaze's Visa problems, it is rather unfortunate but true that holding an African passport and attempting to travel outside of the continent is incredibly difficult. Most African travellers attempting obtain Visas to travel to the West are generally thought of as economic migrants and thus denied Visas; I have to add that many are indeed economic migrants but not all. In fact, contrary to what one might view in the media, there is a reverse phenomenon taking place at the minute, with many migrants of African origin (diasphora) voluntarily migrating back to the continent as there are those trying to get ashore into Europe. The fact is, for most Africans, the ideal situation at present is to make money in the West, but retire in Africa where the standard of living will be higher owing the differences of currency exchange and buying power, than settling the West.
And therefore Gwaze will always have Visa problems by virtue of his continent of birth and residence. Nevertheless, he is indeed a very fine player whose full potential is somewhat obstructed by his circumstances.#
|Jul-01-16|| ||SimplicityRichard: Correction: ....the year before, Ahmed had beaten Carlsen in their individual game though Ahmed lost to the current World Champion, Carlsen, in 2008.#|
|Jul-01-16|| ||alexmagnus: Adly beat Carlsen in 2006. But Carlsen was not yet the Carlsen we know today, he was "only" 2625 back then. Adly himself was 2473, a 150 point difference is well within what an outsider could manage in a single game. Actually, even in a short (up to 4 games) match. |
Also, the history of African players at the World Cups speaks against them being underrated. While they landed occasional single-game upsets, I can't remember an African ever advancing to the second round. Chess is just not as popular in Africa, so there is no room for superstrong players to emerge.
|Jul-01-16|| ||alexmagnus: <I can't remember an African ever advancing to the second round.>|
Just checked if my memory served me well. Almost: there was exactly one such case. Bassem Amin beat Saric in the first round of the 2015 World Cup (2:0), before losing on rapids to Jakovenko in the second round.
|Jul-01-16|| ||alexmagnus: But even that was not an upset to support the "Africans are underrated" theory. Amin and Saric were about equally rated (2640 vs. 2661).|
|Jul-01-16|| ||MissScarlett: < Chess is just not as popular in Africa, so there is no room for superstrong players to emerge.>|
There could be another reason.
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