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Watu Kobese
W Kobese 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 175
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2349 (2299 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2403

Overall record: +72 -60 =42 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B87 B32 B90 B89 B46
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C80 C78 C99 C65 C73
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B10 B13 B14 B12
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C00 C18 C10
 French (6) 
    C11 C00 C10
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B47 B45 B46
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C99 C97 C69 C86 C78
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B90 B30 B22 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C99 C86 C97 C85 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 A45 E00 D05 A46
 King's Indian (6) 
    E92 E69 E73 E67 E81
 English (5) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Kobese vs Leko, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs S Mikheev, 2008 1-0
   S C Willenberg vs W Kobese, 2011 0-1
   W Kobese vs G Nsubuga, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs C Mulder, 2011 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   W Kobese vs A H Abdulgalil Saleh (Oct-05-18) 0-1
   W Kobese vs C Barros Rivadeneira (Oct-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   B Saeheng vs W Kobese (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   E Can vs W Kobese (Oct-01-18) 1-0
   W Kobese vs J Al-Huwar (Sep-30-18) 0-1

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(born Jun-27-1973, 46 years old) South Africa

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This IM was 2nd in the strong "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010 He is also a FIDE Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Watu Kobese

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 175  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Kobese vs B Schneider  1-0341990Badenweiler opB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. W Kobese vs E Dragomarezkij 1-0451991Krumbach opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. W Kobese vs O Korneev  0-1411991Krumbach openC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Blatny vs W Kobese 1-01211991Bad WoerishofenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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 V Alterman vs W Kobese  1-0581996Yerevan OlympiadA80 Dutch
11. B Zueger vs W Kobese  ½-½451996Yerevan OlympiadA10 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 A 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 FIDEE92 King's Indian
19. W Kobese vs Lautier 0-1231999Ch World FIDEB47 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 Tournament 2001/02C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. W Kobese vs Leko 1-0592001FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02B10 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 175  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.
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  WannaBe: Since I am lazy, and have done my 'duty' of writing a bio. Here is a wonderful link on IM Watu!!

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

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  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.

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  gambitfan: Kobese Tu Hoang 1996

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2nd today in "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010:, congratulations!

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