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Kenneth T Solomon
Number of games in database: 253
Years covered: 2001 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2362 (2442 rapid, 2415 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2461

Overall record: +83 -87 =61 (49.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 22 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D17 D15 D18 D16
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E67 E62 E90 E66
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E15 E17 E16 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    E00 A41 D02 A40 A50
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A58 A79 A62 A57 A70
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D43 D47 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B33 B30 B31 B43 B90
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C94 C92 C95 C68
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E32 E21 E46 E47 E20
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E15 E12 E16
 English (10) 
    A15 A13 A16 A17
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C94 C92 C95 C90 C87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Grischuk vs K Solomon, 2004 1/2-1/2
   R Amgalanbaatar vs K Solomon, 2015 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)

   🏆 52nd Italian Teams Final
   Fier vs K Solomon (Sep-25-21) 1-0
   K Solomon vs D Dardha (Apr-03-21) 0-1
   K Solomon vs Kazhgaleyev (Aug-23-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   K Solomon vs J van Foreest (Aug-22-20) 0-1, rapid
   K Solomon vs R Mamedov (Aug-21-20) 0-1, rapid

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(born Oct-08-1979, 42 years old) South Africa

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International Master (2004); Grandmaster (2014)

Currently based in Venice in Italy.

Kenny Solomon won the South African U16 championship in 1994 and the South African U18 championship in 1995. Kenny - as he is popularly known - shared the 2003 South African Chess Championship title with IM Watu Kobese. He has represented South Africa at six Olympiads since 1998. He played in the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters, scoring 5/9 and made the same score (out of 10) in 2009. He earned his first GM norm in the Padova International Open held in Italy in December 2011, scoring 6.5/9. In 2012, he played in the 28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012), scoring 5/9. He played top board for South Africa at the Chess Olympiad (2012), scoring 5.5/10 and his 2nd GM norm, a double norm, that fulfilled his GM norm requirements. Normally he would have been required to first reach a rating of 2500 to achieve his GM title, but instead went on to win the African Championship of 2014 in December of that year (with a score of 7/9 and a TPR of (2550)), thereby winning the title directly. (1), (2) 4th at the South African Open (2015).

Solomon is married to Veronika Goi, and the couple have a daughter born in 2011. His elder brother is CM Maxwell Solomon.

He qualified(3) for the World Cup in 2017 and is a FIDE Trainer (2005).

Photo: Kenny Solomon's blog:; 2003 article in Chess Drum featuring Kenny Solomon:; Chessbase articles written in January 2015 about Solomon's background and his path to the GM title: and

(1); (2); (3)

Wikipedia article: Kenny Solomon

Last updated: 2017-07-11 13:34:55

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 260  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Stevic vs K Solomon  1-0401996Wch U18B33 Sicilian
2. W Hajenius vs K Solomon  0-134200129th World OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
3. K Solomon vs V Delgado  1-064200129th World OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. V Gaprindashvili vs K Solomon  1-045200129th World OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. K Solomon vs A Cherniack  1-054200129th World OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. K Solomon vs J M Hodgson  0-175200129th World OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. B Privman vs K Solomon  ½-½52200129th World OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. P Gilruth vs K Solomon  0-165200129th World OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
9. K Solomon vs Nathan Solon  1-029200129th World OpenD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. G Nsubuga vs K Solomon  ½-½812001Wilbert Paige MemB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. N Rogers vs K Solomon  0-1762001Wilbert Paige MemB33 Sicilian
12. K Solomon vs M Schleifer  0-1472001Wilbert Paige MemE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. A Simutowe vs K Solomon  0-1402001Wilbert Paige MemE46 Nimzo-Indian
14. K Solomon vs R Simpson 0-1372001Wilbert Paige MemA57 Benko Gambit
15. W Kobese vs K Solomon  ½-½912001Wilbert Paige MemB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. K Solomon vs E Colding  ½-½502001Wilbert Paige MemE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. K Solomon vs S Muhammad  1-0662001Wilbert Paige MemB06 Robatsch
18. K Solomon vs W Morrison  ½-½692001Wilbert Paige MemE20 Nimzo-Indian
19. K Solomon vs Dominguez Perez  0-1272002Bled OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. K Solomon vs R Mateo  0-1372002Bled OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
21. R J Dive vs K Solomon  0-1352002Bled OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. K Solomon vs A Simutowe 0-13120038th All-Africa GamesE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
23. K Solomon vs Grischuk 0-1522004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
24. Grischuk vs K Solomon  ½-½322004FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Avrukh vs K Solomon  1-0522004Calvia OlympiadE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 260  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-24-06  BIDMONFA: Kenneth T Solomon


Aug-04-08  myschkin: . . .
aka IM <Kenny Solomon>

.. "Chess has become a passion. It helps build logic and creativity, and I enjoy the psychological aspect of it as well." ..

off topic:

"Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any of the games. That’s one of the main problems of most African tournaments … the game scores are rarely made available. I suppose inputting the games is a very tedious process indeed!" (Daaim Shabazz)

Agree on that one! It is even a hard task just to spot the great African chess players. All these characters sharing the chess passion. So many wonderful games must have been "lost" - what a pity!

Jul-31-09  myschkin: . . .


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  wordfunph: IM Timothy Taylor on IM Kenneth Solomon..

<Kenny Solomon, IM from South Africa, had a hard time getting into Hungary for the famous First Saturday tournament due to some bureaucratic visa problems- then when he finally made it to Budapest, he found out that his Euros were no good, as Hungarians prefer their own currency, the Forint!

He reminded me of myself when I played in my first First Saturday back in 2003 - lost and a long way from home! I loaned him some money for subway fare - a little nervously, as I didn't know him, but he seemed like a good guy. I shouldn't have worried. Kenny is a stand-up guy; I got my money right back; and he became a good friend to my wife and myself, and especially to our little boy, Nikolay.>

Source: True Combat Chess by Timothy Taylor

Mar-29-13  Einstein13: i should say kenny is quite impressive.... He is making history in our country and that takes alot of effort.... Chess is difficult for us south africans but our standard of chess looks like child's play for the world. Lets hope that when kenny makes his breakthrough, a new, stronger understandinng of chess will emerge in our country
Jan-08-15  tbentley: He earned the GM title by winning the 2014 African Individual Chess Championship.

Jan-10-15  zanzibar: Recently profiled in <The Guardian>:

<South African escapes township violence to become chess grandmaster> (2015-01-08)

Jan-14-15  twinlark: Congratulations to Kenny Solomon for landing the GM title.
Jan-14-15  Mr. V: Congratulations! May you blaze a new trail for chess in Africa!
Sep-04-16  FICSwoodpusher: Grandmaster Kenny Solomon plays game number 100 for South Africa at Olympiads against Myanmar.

That is a great achievement!

Sep-04-16  FICSwoodpusher: This is the game:

Wynn Zaw Htun vs K Solomon, 2016

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