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Watu Kobese
W Kobese 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 213
Years covered: 1990 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2324 (2340 rapid, 2296 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2403

Overall record: +84 -75 =53 (52.1%)*
   * 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 (46) 
    B87 B32 B90 B89 B46
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C80 C78 C99 C97 C73
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B13 B14 B18 B12
 French Defense (10) 
    C11 C18 C00 C10 C16
 Sicilian Taimanov (9) 
    B45 B46 B47
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B95 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C69 C99 C97 C86 C77
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B30 B42 B90 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 A45 E00 A46 D05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C99 C86 C97 C91 C84
 King's Indian (9) 
    E67 E92 E77 E81 E69
 English (9) 
    A10 A15 A14 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Kobese vs Leko, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs S Mikheev, 2008 1-0
   Hlophe Smilo vs W Kobese, 2016 0-1
   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
   D Malla vs W Kobese, 2006 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Saitek US Masters (1998)
   Krumbach Open (1991)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Chennai Olympiad (2022)

   🏆 Chennai Olympiad
   B Eiti vs W Kobese (Aug-09-22) 1-0
   W Kobese vs D Blagojevic (Aug-08-22) 1/2-1/2
   J Shaw vs W Kobese (Aug-07-22) 0-1
   W Kobese vs A Pleasants (Aug-06-22) 1-0
   K Wageih vs W Kobese (Aug-03-22) 1-0

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(born Jun-27-1973, 49 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 9; games 1-25 of 215  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 1-0451991Krumbach OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. A Zlochevskij vs W Kobese  1-0321991Krumbach OpenA15 English
5. W Kobese vs Korneev  0-1411991Krumbach OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. F Naumann vs W Kobese  0-1531991Krumbach OpenE77 King's Indian
7. W Kobese vs M Fette  0-1411991Krumbach OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. R Wild vs W Kobese  ½-½611991Krumbach OpenA48 King's Indian
9. W Kobese vs J Schlenker  1-0531991Krumbach OpenE73 King's Indian
10. W Kobese vs F Hegeler  0-1331991Krumbach OpenC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
11. G Schlichtmann vs W Kobese  1-0481991Krumbach OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. M Schweizer vs W Kobese  1-0301991Krumbach OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. T Luther vs W Kobese  ½-½421993AltensteigC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
14. W Kobese vs Benjamin  0-1471994Moscow OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Hracek vs W Kobese  1-0331994Moscow OlympiadC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. D Hergott vs W Kobese  ½-½901994Moscow OlympiadE92 King's Indian
17. W Kobese vs D Sermek  1-0401994Moscow OlympiadB33 Sicilian
18. J Isaev vs W Kobese  ½-½491994Moscow OlympiadC77 Ruy Lopez
19. B Alterman vs W Kobese  1-0581996Yerevan OlympiadA80 Dutch
20. B Zueger vs W Kobese  ½-½451996Yerevan OlympiadA10 English
21. E Grivas vs W Kobese  ½-½911996Yerevan OlympiadA80 Dutch
22. E Cekro vs W Kobese  0-1391996Yerevan OlympiadA10 English
23. S J Solomon vs W Kobese  1-0521996Yerevan OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
24. A Sokolov vs W Kobese  1-0341997Groningen CandidatesC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. W Kobese vs A Sokolov  ½-½411997Groningen CandidatesB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 215  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!

Oct-29-05  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.

Dec-11-08  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!
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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