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Amon Simutowe
A Simutowe 
Photograph by Betsy Dynako.  
Number of games in database: 217
Years covered: 2000 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2449
Highest rating achieved in database: 2485

Overall record: +90 -71 =54 (54.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E91 E92 E73 E97
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E46 E42 E38 E48 E44
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37 D35 D38 D06
 English (10) 
    A15 A17 A16 A10
 Sicilian (10) 
    B74 B30 B39 B80 B90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A28 A25 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B90 B50 B94 B43 B22
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E20 E42 E47 E46 E55
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B94 B97 B95 B91
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B18 B17 B13 B10
 King's Indian (8) 
    E63 E94 E92 E75 E66
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D35 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Thorsteinsson vs A Simutowe, 2008 0-1
   G Guidi vs A Simutowe, 2008 0-1
   A Simutowe vs G Nsubuga, 2001 1-0
   A Simutowe vs S Tofte, 2009 1-0
   A Simutowe vs Nakamura, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   Carlos Torre Memorial Open (2003)
   Generation Chess International (2003)
   Carlos Torre Memorial (2003)
   National Open (2007)
   11th Essent Open (2007)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   38th World Open (2010)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   World Open (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Cappelle la Grande (2009)

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(born Jan-06-1982, 39 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 9; games 1-25 of 217  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Simutowe vs C Crouch  1-0452000MSO Ron Banwell mem London (8.6)E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
2. A Simutowe vs S Halkias  ½-½502000World JuniorD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Zhang Pengxiang vs A Simutowe  1-0622000World JuniorB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
4. L E Johannessen vs A Simutowe  1-0552000Istanbul OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. M Rytshagov vs A Simutowe  1-0482000Istanbul OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. A Simutowe vs Sasikiran  ½-½232000FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE97 King's Indian
7. Sasikiran vs A Simutowe 1-0532000FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. Kharlov vs A Simutowe  1-061200112th Goodricke OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Simutowe vs Shankar Roy  0-160200112th Goodricke OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. A Simutowe vs C Brauer  1-034200112th Goodricke OpenB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. A Simutowe vs V Chuchelov  0-1412001Cappelle op 17thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. D Vismara vs A Simutowe  0-1342001Cappelle op 17thE92 King's Indian
13. A Simutowe vs B Lalic 0-1182001KPMG WeekenderA10 English
14. Nijboer vs A Simutowe 1-0252001KPMG WeekenderB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. A Simutowe vs Yu Shaoteng  1-0332001KPMG WeekenderE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. K Pircher vs A Simutowe 0-1262001Bad Woerishofen op 17thE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. A Simutowe vs A Matzat  1-0182001Bad Woerishofen op 17thA56 Benoni Defense
18. A Simutowe vs Filippov  ½-½452001Bad Woerishofen op 17thB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. A Simutowe vs Pelletier  ½-½442001Bad Woerishofen op 17thB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J Sprenger vs A Simutowe  0-1292001Bad Woerishofen op 17thB44 Sicilian
21. A Simutowe vs T Gelashvili  0-1282001Master OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
22. Tukmakov vs A Simutowe  ½-½202001Master OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Yudasin vs A Simutowe  ½-½ IntB40 Sicilian
24. I Krush vs A Simutowe IntD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. A Simutowe vs G Shahade  ½-½ IntE46 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 217  PGN Download
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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!
Jul-16-09  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?
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  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..

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  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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