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Amon Simutowe
A Simutowe 
Photograph by Betsy Dynako.  

Number of games in database: 274
Years covered: 1998 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2449
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485
Overall record: +116 -81 =74 (56.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (27) 
    E92 E94 E73 E62 E91
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E46 E42 E32 E45 E38
 English (12) 
    A15 A17 A16 A10
 Sicilian (12) 
    B28 B80 B20 B30 B45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37 D35 D38 D06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (8) 
    A33 A31 A30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B22 B43 B94 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B94 B91 B97 B92
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E20 E32 E47 E55 E21
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B18 B17 B10 B13
 King's Indian (9) 
    E92 E94 E63 E66 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D00 D02 D04 A46 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Simutowe vs G Nsubuga, 2001 1-0
   E Thorsteinsson vs A Simutowe, 2008 0-1
   G Guidi vs A Simutowe, 2008 0-1
   A Simutowe vs J Alayola Montanez, 2003 1-0
   A Simutowe vs S Bergsson, 2008 1-0
   A Simutowe vs Yung Lau, 2000 1-0
   A Simutowe vs S Tofte, 2009 1-0
   A Simutowe vs D Hersvik, 2001 1-0
   M Geist vs A Simutowe, 2001 0-1
   A Simutowe vs M Athe, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   Zagreb Open-A (2009)
   Carlos Torre Memorial Open (2003)
   World Junior Championship (2000)
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   Prague Open-A (2009)
   British Championship (2000)
   11th Essent Open (2007)
   National Open (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Groningen Open-A (2008)
   World Open (2007)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2001)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

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(born Jan-06-1982, 41 years old) Zambia

[what is this?]
Amon Simutowe is the first sub-Saharan African Grandmaster. Part of his story is at and at Wikipedia article: Amon Simutowe.

After gaining his grandmaster title in 2009, Simutowe chose to step back from competitive chess in favor of studying economics. As of March 2014, he is studying international finance and developmental economics at the School of International and Public Affairs in Columbia University.

Further reading: (1) (feature article).

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 274  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Simutowe vs D Flores 0-1471998Wch U16E65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
2. A Simutowe vs C Crouch  1-0452000MSO Ron Banwell mem London (8.6)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
3. J McDonnell vs A Simutowe  0-1162000British ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
4. A Simutowe vs P K Wells  1-0572000British ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. A Simutowe vs M Hebden  0-1562000British ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Chandler vs A Simutowe  1-0492000British ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. A Simutowe vs R J McMichael  ½-½812000British ChampionshipA90 Dutch
8. M Simons vs A Simutowe 0-1222000British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A Simutowe vs T Douglas  1-0382000British ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
10. M J Turner vs A Simutowe  1-0842000British ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
11. A Simutowe vs B Kelly  0-1552000British ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. S Collins vs A Simutowe  0-1352000British ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
13. A Simutowe vs S Buckley  1-0442000British ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
14. A Simutowe vs S Halkias  ½-½502000World Junior ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. D Bunzmann vs A Simutowe  ½-½192000World Junior ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
16. A Simutowe vs D Svetushkin  ½-½982000World Junior ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. P Zhang vs A Simutowe  1-0622000World Junior ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. A Simutowe vs H Kallio  0-1492000World Junior ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. G Varela vs A Simutowe  0-1532000World Junior ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. A Simutowe vs N Kabanov  1-0292000World Junior ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
21. G Mateuta vs A Simutowe  0-1402000World Junior ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. A Simutowe vs F Jenni  ½-½922000World Junior ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
23. E Perelshteyn vs A Simutowe  0-1622000World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. A Simutowe vs Ganguly  1-0392000World Junior ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
25. E Ghaem Maghami vs A Simutowe  ½-½302000World Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Sep-14-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: you can always tell when the 'haters' come out to play.....i won't mention any names............congradulations GM SIMUTOWE......
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  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:

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: 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.
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  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:

Jul-10-09  returnoftheking: Nice..
Donner was right!
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  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.
Jul-22-09  twinlark: Great news. Well done, GM Amon Simutowe.
Sep-08-10  asianwarrior: Why is he not in the Zambian Olympic team for this year?
Jan-06-11  wordfunph: <socnegoti: 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>

<socnegoti> lol! thank you..

Jan-06-11  wordfunph: here's another..

GM Anatoly Lein forfeited his last round game with black chess player Simutowe by stating, "I am not going to play you because it's unfair to play two Grandmasters in a row with black pieces." Of course, Simutowe was not a GM then, but perhaps the wise Russian master had seen something.

happy birthday GM Simutowe!

Jan-06-11  TheFocus: What a cowardly reaction by GM Lien, if true, which I doubt. Does he think this would never happen in either Swiss or round robins? What if he was playing on an Olympic team and that happened?
Jul-25-12  swordfish: Is GM Simutowe on the Zambian Olympic team this year, does anybody know? I didn't see his name on the list, but he must be their strongest player.
Jul-28-12  Namawiz: simutowe won't be playing for the same reasons he didn't play at the last olympiad.
Sep-26-12  Namawiz: I wonder when simutowe intends to end his long break and resume playing competitive chess.
Jan-05-15  Caissanist: March 2014 interview with Simutowe: .
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